Jailed after crime spree

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Court re­porter

A Coat­bridge man has been jailed after ad­mit­ting to a spree of of­fences.

David Ste­wart, 34, was sen­tenced to 29 months at Air­drie Sher­iff Court last week.

But he will only serve one year as four of the terms will run con­cur­rently.

Ste­wart, of High Coats, ad­mit­ted to charges in­clud­ing theft, as­sault and car­ry­ing a weapon. He was sen­tenced to five months for steal­ing toys from Ar­gos and an ad­di­tional four months for as­sault­ing a su­per­mar­ket worker.

Ste­wart also stole items from Lidl in Coat­bridge.

He was given con­cur­rent sen­tences for other crimes in­clud­ing threat­en­ing to trans­mit a disease to an em­ployee of Pound­land by threat­en­ing to bite him.

This was in ad­di­tion to steal­ing fra­grances from a Next store and punch­ing an­other su­per­mar­ket em­ployee.

His de­fence so­lic­i­tor said: “He’s got an un­der­ly­ing dif­fi­culty with drink­ing.

“He’s been re­ly­ing on shoplift­ing to try and feed him­self. He’s got no elec­tric­ity, no heat­ing and wants to use his time in cus­tody to ad­dress his dif­fi­cul­ties.

“He’s re­al­is­tic in his es­ti­ma­tions of his sit­u­a­tion.”

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