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Nelson thief admits self-scan theft
2:29pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A SERIAL thief who persistently flouted court orders and carried on offending, has been jailed for a total of 84 days.
Burnley magistrates heard how drug addict Hendry O’Neill, 37, went out shoplifting while subject to a suspended prison term and three conditional discharges.
O’Neill had taken goods worth £55 from Colne Asda on August 9, scanning the haul through the self-service checkout, but not paying for them.
He had been in court just days before for possessing methadone.
The defendant, of Pine Street, Nelson, admitted theft in breach of the suspended sentence and failing to surrender.
The court was told O’Neill, who wanted to be put on methadone, claimed he had been complying with the suspended sentence order.
But, the probation service told the hearing since the last breach of the order, he had not attended at all and no work had been done.
The bench activated the suspended term of 42 days and added 42 days resentencing for the conditional discharges.