Thefts af­ter he was de­ported

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

DE­FENCE bar­ris­ter Co­lette Renton said Ti­tus Je­lea com­mit­ted the of­fences af­ter be­ing made re­dun­dant as a brick­layer.

The court heard that Je­lea had lived in the UK for 14 months be­fore be­ing de­ported back to Ro­ma­nia in 2016. He then re­turned to the UK in Fe­bru­ary this year and com­mit­ted the eight thefts within months of his ar­rival.

Miss Renton said Je­lea has since suf­fered a ‘ma­jor event’ in his life af­ter two of his chil­dren were killed in a car ac­ci­dent in Ro­ma­nia.

The court was told that Je­lea is also wanted in Ro­ma­nia for fraud of­fences and is fac­ing new de­por­ta­tion pro­ceed­ings.

Judge Heather Lloyd said Je­lea had ‘shown no in­sight or re­morse’ into his of­fend­ing and is a ‘thor­oughly dis­hon­est man’.

Sen­tenc­ing, she said: “These eight of­fences were planned and quite de­lib­er­ate. You have had a tragic event in your fam­ily and you are griev­ing.

“Whether this lifechang­ing event will change your at­ti­tude to crime and your in­her­ently dis­hon­est na­ture, only time will tell.

“You say you want to re­turn to Ro­ma­nia so I as­sume you will not con­test the ex­tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings.”

Ti­tus Je­lea was jailed

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