Kerry Lovegrove, prosecuting, said the 20-year-old stole DVDs worth £69.99 from Sainsbury’s, sandwiches and cider worth £18.86 from Co-operative and a bicycle worth £500 from outside Sainsbury’s.And that was far from his only offence, of course:
She said the bike belonged to an employee who found the security chain had been cut through after finishing his shift.
CCTV footage showed Dinsdale riding away on the bike. It was never recovered.
Dinsdale, of Howard Road, Dines Green, Worcester, also failed to comply with a curfew imposed on him between the hours of 7pm and 7am. He pleaded guilty to all four offences.Pleaded guilty out of remorse?
Errr, not exactly:
Becky Connelly, defending, told the court there was little she could say about her client and said Dinsdale had taken the DVDs to sell for money to buy alcohol.As you can imagine, that didn’t go down too well:
She said he had told her that he would not comply with any orders of the court or pay any fines and that he made his feelings known on the last occasion he was in court when the curfew was imposed for breaching his anti-social behaviour order.
Deputy district judge David Miller considered sending Dinsdale for sentencing at Worcester Crown Court because he questioned whether or not 12 months imprisonment – the maximum sentence available to magistrates courts – was enough.Of course, he didn’t consider too long:
Miss Connelly said she believed it would be sufficient punishment for his crimes.And when he comes out (much, much less than 46 weeks later, of course) he’ll be a changed man, I’m sure…
Mr Miller re-sentenced Dinsdale for breaching his Asbo, sentencing him to 20 weeks in custody and added a further 26 weeks for stealing the bike.