Ms Batty said although Blythe was overcoming his problems “perhaps old habits die hard” and he had yielded to temptation when presented with an opportunity.That ‘opportunity’ being when a courier knocked on the door asking if he’d take a parcel in for his neighbour.
Helen Wheatley, prosecuting, said the woman had to give evidence against Blythe because the 36-year-old, who has 31 previous convictions for dishonesty, denied theft, but he was convicted at a trial before magistrates, who sent him to York Crown Court because he was on a suspended prison sentence for a garage burglary at the time of the theft./facepalm
Blythe’s barrister, Kate Batty, said his offences were caused by his drug and alcohol habits, but he was kicking them with the help of the Peasholme Centre and his offending had slowed down.Oh, slowed down? But not stopped?
Judge Shaun Spencer QC gave him a three-month curfew, and decided against making him serve the nine-month prison sentence imposed for the burglary, but added a requirement that he live at the Peasholme Centre for the homeless or as arranged by its staff.
The suspended sentence remains in force until next April.What, really, is the point of suspending a sentence these days?