Judge Peter Johnson said Davies had an “unenviable record”.After all, in any other country, a man who’d clocked up 20 convictions would be looking at life behind bars. Or worse. Certainly not the sort of suspended sentence you've just dished out.
Carolyn Branford-Wood, prosecuting, said the thief also caused damage that cost the salon owners £1,300 to repair.
The attack came just months after owners of 16 years Tanya and Dave Hutton spent thousands of pounds revamping the premises.Mitigation is...well, pretty much as you'd expect:
Rob Griffiths, mitigating, said: “It was Christmas time and he wanted some money so he went out and committed a burglary. Other people would save up but that’s not how he operates. This was not a terribly sophisticated operation.”It seems to be achieving its objective with no adverse consequences. Does it need to be 'sophisticated'?
“He is familiar with institutional life and it causes him no problems.”And that's the real issue, isn't it? Does the judge buy this hogwash?
“I have no doubt that you have caused a great deal of upset and distress to the owner, and I have no doubt there will be concerns which remain in the mind and continue to remain in the mind as to whether it might happen again,” he said.Oh oh...
The judge said he faced a “stark choice”, but a pre-sentence report had suggested there may be “green shoots” of change in Davies.*hurls PC across room*