At the first hearing, Adam O’Neill, 32, told magistrates he wanted to get off drugs and turn his life around.Oh, you just know what’s coming, don’t you?
Defence lawyer Ian Clift made an emotional plea for the bench to show leniency, claiming O’Neill accepted he was going nowhere and needed to get off drugs to improve himself.
O’Neill was desperate to avoid prison so he could start a drug treatment order, he added.
Magistrates, who heard his regular thefts were to fund a heroin addiction, took pity and handed him a drug rehabilitation order.
But the good behavior O’Neill promised didn’t last long./facepalm
Just after 2pm the same day, he was caught stealing £46 of steaks from Marks and Spencer in Basildon town centre.
Where magistrates previously swallowed his story, this time they jailed him for 32 weeks.Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…
Franck Tomlin, councillor responsible for community saftey, said: “You could not make this up.Can’t really argue with that.
“The judiciary on the whole is far too soft. They should take action to put people on the straight and narrow who genuinely want help, but the judiciary as a whole is failing to protect public.
“This case is an example of initial poor judgement on the part of the court.”