Nelson charity box thief spared jail

Lancashire Telegraph: Nelson charity box thief spared jail Nelson charity box thief spared jail

A SERIAL charity box thief who struck while subject to a suspended jail term, has been spared jail.

Calvin Banks, 27, was said to have been desperate for cash when he helped himself to boxes in which people had put donations for good causes, including the North West Air Ambulance, Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Salvation Army.

Burnley Crown Court was told how Banks took a collection box from Nelson Post Office on October 25, put it in his jacket pocket and left.

He was caught on CCTV counting out the coins, which totalled £15.20, and was identified by a police officer. The defendant also stole two charity boxes from a dry cleaning shop near his home and one from a newsagents. He made no comment when questioned by police.

Banks was subject to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, imposed last December, for assault causing actual bodily harm, at the time. The defendant, now of Rhoda Street, Nelson, had been part of a gang which beat up a man in his own home, after rampaging around the property.

Banks admitted damage and three counts of theft - two of them on bail on November 5 and 7 - and had been committed for sentence by Pennine magistrates.

The defendant, who has four offences on his record, was given a last chance by a judge to see if he could sort his life out. Banks received a 12 month community order, with 12 months' supervision, 120 hours unpaid work and a 28-day curfew, between 10pm and 7am.

Kristian Cavanagh, for Banks, said he was ashamed of having committed the offences and appeared remorseful. The defendant had been desperate for money at the time and was in debt to a number of people.

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Woolman told the defendant: "I am going to give you a last chance, to see if you can sort your life out."

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8:09pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Sogden says...

Ridiculous, send him down you wimps.
Ridiculous, send him down you wimps. Sogden

8:31pm Wed 18 Dec 13

katypri says...

Was the suspended sentence not his last chance to sort himself out, what does he have to do to get a jail sentence for pity sake
Was the suspended sentence not his last chance to sort himself out, what does he have to do to get a jail sentence for pity sake katypri

9:54pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Mikeee47 says...

Yet another example of NOT setting an example, who employs these limp wristed JPs?
Yet another example of NOT setting an example, who employs these limp wristed JPs? Mikeee47

10:25pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Sajdin says...

What the hell is a suspended jail sentence for???
What the hell is a suspended jail sentence for??? Sajdin

8:01am Thu 19 Dec 13

alf-abett says...

Fail to pick up dog poo from the grass/road one receives a very heavy fine, it's applied has an example to others. Justice in this country is ****-eyed.
Fail to pick up dog poo from the grass/road one receives a very heavy fine, it's applied has an example to others. Justice in this country is ****-eyed. alf-abett

9:10am Thu 19 Dec 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

Who says crime doesn't pay, typical Ribble Valley JP no doubt.
Who says crime doesn't pay, typical Ribble Valley JP no doubt. Lancs - pensioner

11:00am Thu 19 Dec 13

woolywords says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Who says crime doesn't pay, typical Ribble Valley JP no doubt.
Banks was subject to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, imposed last December, a sentence that only a Crown Court could impose. This means that Ribble Valley JP's were unable to pass any sentence upon him and so remanded him to Burnley Crown Court for sentence. The fault for not imposing the 18 month imprisonment lays squarely with Judge Andrew Woolman, for not imposing the original sentence plus a further term in addition, for the recent crimes, especially those that were committed whilst on bail.
Christmas is a time of year when many decent people will, without much prompting, throw any spare change into a charity box. The fact that this Judge failed to take this into account when sentencing is patently apparent.
Also of note is that no financial penalty was imposed to reimburse the contents of the charity boxes. The charities mentioned are very prominent in their works in this area, with many souls dependant upon them for help. What a kick in the teeth for them with the blatant leniency of this sentence. It just goes to show out of touch with the reality of life that the judiciary are in this country.
No matter what lame excuse proffered, could mitigate what he did and therefore, this man should have been jailed, for a long time. The theft of a charity box is not a victimless crime.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Who says crime doesn't pay, typical Ribble Valley JP no doubt.[/p][/quote]Banks was subject to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, imposed last December, a sentence that only a Crown Court could impose. This means that Ribble Valley JP's were unable to pass any sentence upon him and so remanded him to Burnley Crown Court for sentence. The fault for not imposing the 18 month imprisonment lays squarely with Judge Andrew Woolman, for not imposing the original sentence plus a further term in addition, for the recent crimes, especially those that were committed whilst on bail. Christmas is a time of year when many decent people will, without much prompting, throw any spare change into a charity box. The fact that this Judge failed to take this into account when sentencing is patently apparent. Also of note is that no financial penalty was imposed to reimburse the contents of the charity boxes. The charities mentioned are very prominent in their works in this area, with many souls dependant upon them for help. What a kick in the teeth for them with the blatant leniency of this sentence. It just goes to show out of touch with the reality of life that the judiciary are in this country. No matter what lame excuse proffered, could mitigate what he did and therefore, this man should have been jailed, for a long time. The theft of a charity box is not a victimless crime. woolywords

12:14pm Thu 19 Dec 13

justaworkinlad says...

That will teach him to mess with the justice system.
That will teach him to mess with the justice system. justaworkinlad

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