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Jail for man unable to return to Whitby

Drop Folder News / ATEX News.18/10/10. Pic Kevin Allen.
Scarborough Magistrates Court.
104208a

Drop Folder News / ATEX News.18/10/10. Pic Kevin Allen. Scarborough Magistrates Court. 104208a

A known nuisance has been jailed after pinching pot noodles from a supermarket.

Butane gas addict David Humble stole three pots of the student favourite from Sainsburys, in Scarborough last Thursday.

However, he was collared by store security as he tried to flee, and the 22 year-old was hauled before a judge at Scarborough Magistrates the next morning.

But while stealing the snacks wouldn’t usually result in a custodial sentence, it - along with some stolen Matalan DVDs in February - triggered a suspended sentence.

He had already racked up 25 convictions, despite his young age and his incarceration compounds a miserable year for Humble, having started 2014 in hospital following an explosion at his home.

He spent five weeks in intensive care after the “serious incident” on January 2, which left him covered in burns.

The court heard Humble struggled with a reliance on butane, and although he had made inroads into conquering his addition, had relapsed following the accident at the start of the year.

It also heard he’d been found housing by Scarborough Council because he was unable to live in Whitby with his parents and also suffered from depression and epilepsy.

His solicitor said it would be “unjust” to jail him for the food thefts, claiming he needed it to eat with his medication.

However, District Judge Adrian Lower said: “You are a young man of 22, with 25 previous convictions on your record, which tells its own story.”.

Humble, was handed two weeks each for both store thefts, on top of 12 weeks for breaching the suspended sentence.

 

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