Crook back in jail af­ter blow­ing‘chance’

Perthshire Advertiser - - NEWS - Court re­porter

A Perth se­rial crim­i­nal who has been of­fend­ing since he was 13 was back be­hind bars this week af­ter squan­der­ing a chance to turn his life around.

Twenty-two-year-old Kieran Phillips, of St Catherine’s Road, was put on the Right Track scheme, de­signed to keep way­ward young­sters on the straight and nar­row, af­ter steal­ing money and prop­erty to­talling al­most £700 from a Perth sports com­plex.

But the ac­cused, whose life has been blighted by drug and al­co­hol mis­use, re­verted to his old ways and stole a £139 tablet from a city su­per­mar­ket just days af­ter be­ing freed from prison.

So­lic­i­tor Ch­eryl McKnight told the court:“Be­cause of that, he knew the po­lice were look­ing for him and didn’t at­tend any fur­ther Right Track ap­point­ments.”

The Right Track or­der was breached as a re­sult - and he was jailed for a to­tal of 14 months by Sher­iff Gil­lian Wade.

He was given eight months for the orig­i­nal thefts - two from lock­ers at the North Inch Community Cam­pus and one from a car parked out­side in Gowans Ter­race, on Jan­uary 8, 2017.

An­other six months was added af­ter he ad­mit­ted steal­ing the de­vice from Tesco’s Cri­eff Road su­per­mar­ket on Jan­uary 20, 2018.

The court was told that the tablet was orig­i­nally priced at £139 but had a sale price of £99.

Phillips man­aged to walk through se­cu­rity with­out the alarm go­ing off and the item wasn’t re­cov­ered.

But he was traced af­ter staff viewed CCTV.

His haul from the two lock­ers in­cluded car keys, a watch, cash and a wal­let and to­talled £315. None of the items was re­cov­ered. A £350 mo­bile phone, taken af­ter he forced open a parked car, was later found on his per­son.

Mrs McKnight said the theft from Tesco arose af­ter the ac­cused again got him­self into sub­stance mis­use dif­fi­cul­ties.

“He’s aware of the po­si­tion he has put him­self in and is re­al­is­tic about his prospects.”

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