‘No pun­ish­ment’has put thief off from of­fend­ing

LAW­BREAKER DODGES JAIL SEN­TENCE

Sunday Sun - - News - By Ian John­son Re­porter ian.john­son@ncj­me­dia.co.uk

A CA­REER thief who has had “all forms of pun­ish­ment” to stop him break­ing the law is back on the take.

Colin Pear­son tar­geted Wilko and Pound­land on his lat­est shoplift­ing spree.

Once banged up for bur­glary, he owes over £3,000 to the courts – yet none of it has stopped him of­fend­ing.

“He’s a man who has had all forms of pun­ish­ment,” ad­mit­ted his long-term so­lic­i­tor, Su­san Grey.

“There’s not one thing which seems to have de­terred him.”

The dad-of-two was given a com­mu­nity or­der in Au­gust in a bid to curb thiev­ing.

But a month later he was steal­ing again.

In bla­tant view of CCTV, he stole £189 of Du­ra­cell bat­ter­ies – sell­ing them for just £30.

“They are all low-level shop thefts – they are not so­phis­ti­cated,” added Ms Grey.

“When the money for drink has run out he goes out and steals.”

Al­co­hol was de­scribed as a “de­mon” in the 38-year-old’s life and the cat­a­lyst for most of his of­fend­ing.

How­ever pro­ba­tion work­ers claimed Pear­son, who pleaded guilty to theft, was fi­nally mak­ing progress on a com­mu­nity or­der which had acted as a “life­line”.

“It has been a huge suc­cess for him,” added his so­lic­i­tor.

De­spite that, South Ty­ne­side his booze-fu­elled Mag­is­trates’ Court heard he was fac­ing an­other stint be­hind bars af­ter ad­mit­ting the Sun­der­land shop thefts.

But his eight-week jail sen­tence was sus­pended for 18 months af­ter a pas­sion­ate plea from his so­lic­i­tor.

“[Prison] has al­ways left him com­ing out with bro­ken com­mu­nity ties,” added Ms Grey.

She said it sim­ply ended in him get­ting in more trou­ble, adding: “Any long term hope with this de­fen­dant has to be in the com­mu­nity.”

Pear­son, of Deer­ness Road in Hen­don, asked for the two Pound­land thefts to be taken into ac­count.

Mag­is­trates warned him: “You can not con­tinue to steal – if you can con­tinue to steal you will be in more trou­ble than you know.”

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