Last chance for booze thief who broke his pay­back or­der

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - RON MOORE

A brazen shoplifter who re­peat­edly tar­geted the same su­per­mar­ket has been warned to shape up or face jail.

Alexan­der Ar­rol, 32, swiped booze three times from a town cen­tre branch of Ice­land to feed his rag­ing drink habit.

The thief stole drink from the su­per­mar­ket at Hous­ton Square in John­stone on De­cem­ber 20, 2017, but then re­turned on March 19 and March 20, last year where he again was caught shoplifting al­co­hol from the premises.

Pais­ley Sher­iff Court heard the ac­cused from the town’s Wil­liam Street had been handed com­mu­nity pay­back or­ders com­pris­ing un­paid work as an al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody after he pleaded guilty to the shoplifting of­fences.

He ap­peared in the dock where he ad­mit­ted breach­ing the pun­ish­ment or­ders by not com­ply­ing with the re­quire­ments set down.

De­fence agent Rhona Lynch said: “He was handed a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der and now ac­cepts he is in breach of the or­der.”

Sher­iff Colin Pet­ti­grew tore a strip off Ar­rol when he ap­peared in the dock to ad­mit re­spon­si­bil­ity.

He said: “These or­ders were im­posed as a di­rect al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody.

“He was given 70 hours, and on the same date in re­spect of an­other mat­ter your client was given 90 hours, to­talling 160 hours of un­paid work.

“To date he has done eleven - that is 149 hours out­stand­ing - given the ad­mis­sions to­day.”

The sher­iff added he was call­ing for an up- to- date Crim­i­nal Jus­tice So­cial Work Re­port to find out the per­sonal cir­cum­stances of Ar­rol.

He told the ac­cused: “Fol­low­ing your ad­mis­sion of the breach of these or­ders, the court will want to find out some back­ground about what is go­ing on.

“I will al­low you the priv­i­lege of bail for the prepa­ra­tion of a Crim­i­nal Jus t i c e So­cial Work Re­port.

“If you do not co­op­er­ate with the prepa­ra­tion of the re­port, and the re­port is not avail­able when the case next comes to court and it is down to you, you will be re­manded.”

Ar­rol pre­vi­ously sparked out­rage after he hurled a puppy out of a third floor win­dow in Pais­ley.

The brute left Jack Rus­sell ter­rier Max with a bro­ken leg fol­low­ing the at­tack in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

He will dis­cover his fate when he re­turns to court on Fe­bru­ary 6.

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