Crook back in jail after blowing‘chance’
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.”