Bur­glar flees court af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to jail

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A BUR­GLAR fled Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court mo­ments af­ter be­ing told he was go­ing to prison.

Stephen An­drew Hem­pen­stall has been on the run from po­lice for two weeks.

Mo­ments be­fore his brazen es­cape the 34-year-old had been sen­tenced to 16 weeks in prison for bur­glary.

Hem­pen­stall, of Nel­son Street, Mac­cles­field, had ad­mit­ted en­ter­ing David of Duke Street hair sa­lon be­tween June 14 an 15 and steal­ing elec­tri­cal hair styling prod­ucts worth more than £250. He had de­nied the of­fence at a hear­ing on June 26 but changed his plea on the day of the trial, Au­gust 13.

Mag­is­trates sen­tenced Hem­pen­stall to prison be­cause of his ‘hor­ren­dous record of ac­quis­i­tive of­fend­ing’ and ‘fail­ure to com­ply with com­mu­nity or­ders’.

He was also or­dered to pay com­pen­sa­tion of £500 and costs of £260.

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