It’s prison food now for ‘dine and dash’ restau­rant scam­mer


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By KATHER­INE BAINBRIDGE kather­ine.bainbridge@men­ @KBain­bridgeMEN

A ‘DINE and dash’ of­fender who made off from a string of city cen­tre restau­rants with­out pay­ing has been jailed.

Tar­lochan Singh pulled off the scam at a host of venues – in­clud­ing celebrity hotspot San Carlo – de­spite hav­ing to use crutches fol­low­ing a car ac­ci­dent.

He would pre­tend to be out of cash and say he needed to go to an ATM, but then not re­turn.

The 38-year-old, of no fixed abode, ear­lier ad­mit­ted to six counts of eat­ing and drink­ing and then mak­ing off with­out pay­ment, and was sen­tenced at Manch­ester Mag­is­trates’ Court to 36 weeks in prison on Tues­day.

Singh had also ap­peared in court just six days be­fore his lat­est din­ing spree to ad­mit three sim­i­lar of­fences and had been given a con­di­tional dis­charge on that oc­ca­sion.

He also pleaded guilty to breach­ing a crim­i­nal be­hav­iour or­der ban­ning him from en­ter­ing restau­rants with­out the means to pay, crim­i­nal dam­age and shoplift­ing.

The lat­est of­fences were com­mit­ted be­tween Au­gust 22 and 29, and other restau­rants tar­geted in­cluded Waxy O’Con­nor’s, Pizza Ex­press, Bella Italia, Frankie Tam­popo.

David Fein­gold, de­fend­ing, said dur­ing the plea hear­ing that Singh had lost his home and ben­e­fits, and had then been run over, leav­ing him with a bro­ken leg in ad­di­tion to ex­ist­ing men­tal health prob­lems.

“He was out on the streets with nowhere to sleep and no money and a ve­hi­cle ran him over,” he said. “I am not say­ing it should be ex­cused. “It is quite re­mark­able he was suc­cess­ful so many times, there’s only a fi­nite num­ber of restau­rants in Manch­ester and I imag­ine he is run­ning out of them.

“He needs help, clearly the of­fences are of ne­ces­sity to feed him­self, not to buy lux­u­ries.”

Af­ter the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, GMP City Cen­tre In­spec­tor Phil Spur­geon said there is ‘no need for any­one to steal food or go hun­gry in Manch­ester.’

“There are places open to sup­port those on the streets ev­ery day of the week,” he added.

“Mr Singh was of­fered sup­port with his needs a num­ber of times by Manch­ester city coun­cil and other part­ners.

“While it was im­por­tant to keep of­fer­ing that sup­port, we also had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to the city cen­tre busi­ness com­mu­nity, who were be­ing ruth­lessly and re­peat­edly tar­geted through his of­fend­ing.” and Benny’s, and also

San Carlo – one of the restau­rants which fell vic­tim to Tar­lochan Singh’s scam

Tar­lochan Singh had an in­jured leg af­ter he was run over by a car, the court heard

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