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This Is Wiltshire: Shoplifter is jailed for 10 weeks after stealing £2.60 baguette Shoplifter is jailed for 10 weeks after stealing £2.60 baguette

Shoplifter is jailed for 10 weeks after stealing £2.60 baguette

SANDWICH thief Christopher Reynolds has been jailed for 10 weeks for assaults on three police officers and two security guards after stealing a baguette.

Reynolds, 44, of Crawford Close, visited Sainsbury’s in the town centre on February 5 and walked out with a sandwich worth £2.60, despite having the money to pay for it.

When confronted by security staff and a police officer in the store, Reynolds became aggressive, and was taken into custody after a 30-minute struggle.

Kate Prince, prosecuting at Swindon Magistrates Court, said: “All these incidents were over an item of food Mr Reynolds was trying to take. He was seen by Mr Nasir, who works as security staff at the store. Reynolds selected a sandwich and left after making no attempt to pay.”

The court heard how Mr Nasir approached Reynolds at which point he became aggressive. With help from another security guard, Mr Smith, and a shop assistant, Mr Saunders, Nasir managed to get Reynolds back inside the store. Reynolds struggled, pushing Smith in the chest and flinging coins at Saunders, before landing punches and kicks on Nasir.

“Reynolds was then confronted by PC Dickens, who had been in the store at the time. Reynolds was asked to put his hands down as he was in an aggressive stance. On being asked to do that he hit PC Dickens to the side of the face.

“Reynolds was detained for some time and was extremely aggressive. This was in an area with lots of members of the public.

“When taken to custody Sgt Mattis attempted to book him in, but Reynolds spat at her. The spittle landed on two officers, including custody officer Elliott, and Reynolds went on to kick PC Dickens on the leg.”

The court also heard how Reynolds lashed out at another police officer while in custody, kicking him in the groin.

Tony Nowogrodski, defending, said Reynolds suffered from agoraphobia and had acted in a very stupid manner.

“There are two sides to Mr Reynolds,” he said. “Reynolds was polite and respectful in interview, which is how he has been in all my dealings with him, and showed remorse and shame for what he has done.

“What happened here in many ways beggars belief. He had an argument with a friend in Asda. As a result he has come into town and had a bit to drink, and begun socialising with people in the town centre.

“He has gone into Sainsburys and selected a baguette. He had enough money to pay but simply walked out of the shop. This is where it all fell apart.

“Instead of going quietly with the security guards he asked if he could pay for the baguette, and decided he would sling some money on the floor. He struggled and was pinned on the floor.

“He did something incredibly stupid by becoming aggressive. He is only one man and there were many officers there. He acted in a very stupid way and the next thing he knew he was at the police station.

“He told me he has since gone around the shops apologising to people because he is ashamed of his behaviour. The difficulty here is there is this other side to him, which is very pleasant.”

Chairman of the Bench, Geoffrey Earl, sentencing, said: “When looking at this matter we have had to look at the totality of it.

“There are a considerable number of very serious offences in this, including assaults on a large number of people acting in the course of their jobs.

“We are sending you to prison for a period of 10 weeks. A sentence of 10 weeks for the assaults on police officers and PC Dickens, eight weeks for the assaults on the security guards, and two weeks for the theft itself.

“The sentences will run concurrently.

“There will be no financial penalty.”

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6:53am Tue 25 Mar 14

skynet says...

That headline is potentially the worst pun I have ever seen.
That headline is potentially the worst pun I have ever seen. skynet
  • Score: 3

7:46am Tue 25 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

Concurrent sentences, yet again. What that really means is 'no punishment whatsoever for most of the crimes'.

Just 5 weeks in prison for assaulting numerous police officers? What a complete travesty.

Why do magistrates and the judiciary continually insist on letting these criminals off for their crimes?
Concurrent sentences, yet again. What that really means is 'no punishment whatsoever for most of the crimes'. Just 5 weeks in prison for assaulting numerous police officers? What a complete travesty. Why do magistrates and the judiciary continually insist on letting these criminals off for their crimes? ChannelX
  • Score: 15

8:19am Tue 25 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

Clearly has mental health issues and needs treatment rather than being with others who will hardly be a good influence on him. The justice system in this country is completely broken!
Clearly has mental health issues and needs treatment rather than being with others who will hardly be a good influence on him. The justice system in this country is completely broken! house on the hill
  • Score: -9

8:25am Tue 25 Mar 14

semitonic says...

A 30 minute struggle over a sandwich! Bet he was even hungrier after that, a couple of scotch eggs might have been a better choice.
A 30 minute struggle over a sandwich! Bet he was even hungrier after that, a couple of scotch eggs might have been a better choice. semitonic
  • Score: 6

8:49am Tue 25 Mar 14

Hmmmf says...

house on the hill wrote:
Clearly has mental health issues and needs treatment rather than being with others who will hardly be a good influence on him. The justice system in this country is completely broken!
Clearly his defence brief attempted to portray the man as having mental health issues, and when that failed, a drink problem, an argumentative friend in Asda problem, and then finally the real 'excuse', a stupidity problem. Any or all of these might've worked with a certain judge in the Crown Court, but the magistrates on this occasion didn't fall for that load of old blather.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Clearly has mental health issues and needs treatment rather than being with others who will hardly be a good influence on him. The justice system in this country is completely broken![/p][/quote]Clearly his defence brief attempted to portray the man as having mental health issues, and when that failed, a drink problem, an argumentative friend in Asda problem, and then finally the real 'excuse', a stupidity problem. Any or all of these might've worked with a certain judge in the Crown Court, but the magistrates on this occasion didn't fall for that load of old blather. Hmmmf
  • Score: 12

9:50am Tue 25 Mar 14

PaulD says...

Adver - you are not The Daily Sport - please use headlines that are appropriate to the story
Adver - you are not The Daily Sport - please use headlines that are appropriate to the story PaulD
  • Score: 3

11:22am Tue 25 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

house on the hill wrote:
Clearly has mental health issues and needs treatment rather than being with others who will hardly be a good influence on him. The justice system in this country is completely broken!
He was drunk. That was why the incident happened and why he got away with it.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Clearly has mental health issues and needs treatment rather than being with others who will hardly be a good influence on him. The justice system in this country is completely broken![/p][/quote]He was drunk. That was why the incident happened and why he got away with it. ChannelX
  • Score: 5

12:37pm Tue 25 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

ChannelX wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Clearly has mental health issues and needs treatment rather than being with others who will hardly be a good influence on him. The justice system in this country is completely broken!
He was drunk. That was why the incident happened and why he got away with it.
So you dont think that people who get drunk on a regular basis have problems then? Seems like a pretty moronic thing to do to me.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Clearly has mental health issues and needs treatment rather than being with others who will hardly be a good influence on him. The justice system in this country is completely broken![/p][/quote]He was drunk. That was why the incident happened and why he got away with it.[/p][/quote]So you dont think that people who get drunk on a regular basis have problems then? Seems like a pretty moronic thing to do to me. house on the hill
  • Score: 0

5:39pm Tue 25 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

house on the hill wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Clearly has mental health issues and needs treatment rather than being with others who will hardly be a good influence on him. The justice system in this country is completely broken!
He was drunk. That was why the incident happened and why he got away with it.
So you dont think that people who get drunk on a regular basis have problems then? Seems like a pretty moronic thing to do to me.
Er, no. Plenty of people (millions?) get drunk pretty much every week (at least once).

It certainly does not mean they have mental health issues.

In fact, some might suggest that those who never drink are so entirely out of step with the norm that they may be the ones with mental health issues.

Serious question, what do you actually find so abhorrent about having a few glasses of wine with a meal of a weekend?
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Clearly has mental health issues and needs treatment rather than being with others who will hardly be a good influence on him. The justice system in this country is completely broken![/p][/quote]He was drunk. That was why the incident happened and why he got away with it.[/p][/quote]So you dont think that people who get drunk on a regular basis have problems then? Seems like a pretty moronic thing to do to me.[/p][/quote]Er, no. Plenty of people (millions?) get drunk pretty much every week (at least once). It certainly does not mean they have mental health issues. In fact, some might suggest that those who never drink are so entirely out of step with the norm that they may be the ones with mental health issues. Serious question, what do you actually find so abhorrent about having a few glasses of wine with a meal of a weekend? ChannelX
  • Score: 3

10:26pm Tue 25 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

ChannelX wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Clearly has mental health issues and needs treatment rather than being with others who will hardly be a good influence on him. The justice system in this country is completely broken!
He was drunk. That was why the incident happened and why he got away with it.
So you dont think that people who get drunk on a regular basis have problems then? Seems like a pretty moronic thing to do to me.
Er, no. Plenty of people (millions?) get drunk pretty much every week (at least once).

It certainly does not mean they have mental health issues.

In fact, some might suggest that those who never drink are so entirely out of step with the norm that they may be the ones with mental health issues.

Serious question, what do you actually find so abhorrent about having a few glasses of wine with a meal of a weekend?
thinks it's because he's a kunt? of course I may be wrong.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Clearly has mental health issues and needs treatment rather than being with others who will hardly be a good influence on him. The justice system in this country is completely broken![/p][/quote]He was drunk. That was why the incident happened and why he got away with it.[/p][/quote]So you dont think that people who get drunk on a regular basis have problems then? Seems like a pretty moronic thing to do to me.[/p][/quote]Er, no. Plenty of people (millions?) get drunk pretty much every week (at least once). It certainly does not mean they have mental health issues. In fact, some might suggest that those who never drink are so entirely out of step with the norm that they may be the ones with mental health issues. Serious question, what do you actually find so abhorrent about having a few glasses of wine with a meal of a weekend?[/p][/quote]thinks it's because he's a kunt? of course I may be wrong. mrwoo
  • Score: 0

10:39pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Iheartswindonia says...

skynet wrote:
That headline is potentially the worst pun I have ever seen.
I agree when so many good sandwich based puns exist....feeble attempt Adver!

I would have gone for the title of "The Lamb-Shank Sandwich Redemption"
[quote][p][bold]skynet[/bold] wrote: That headline is potentially the worst pun I have ever seen.[/p][/quote]I agree when so many good sandwich based puns exist....feeble attempt Adver! I would have gone for the title of "The Lamb-Shank Sandwich Redemption" Iheartswindonia
  • Score: -3

10:59am Wed 26 Mar 14

Skint says...

Have some compassion for the guy, when you come down to it he hasn't murdered anyone, he hasn't committed a dreadful crime against innocents of some sort, he's nicked a sandwich.
Have some compassion for the guy, when you come down to it he hasn't murdered anyone, he hasn't committed a dreadful crime against innocents of some sort, he's nicked a sandwich. Skint
  • Score: 0

2:16pm Wed 26 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

Skint wrote:
Have some compassion for the guy, when you come down to it he hasn't murdered anyone, he hasn't committed a dreadful crime against innocents of some sort, he's nicked a sandwich.
That article makes it seem like that, and certainly the setence the judge handed down makes it seems like that, but he actually assaulted a nuimber of police officers and store security guards.

5 weeks in prison is a complete joke, it works out to one week for each assault - let alone the actual theft.

As I said initially, the practice of 'concurrent' sentencing is really just a way of saying, 'no punishment at all for all but one of your crimes'.
[quote][p][bold]Skint[/bold] wrote: Have some compassion for the guy, when you come down to it he hasn't murdered anyone, he hasn't committed a dreadful crime against innocents of some sort, he's nicked a sandwich.[/p][/quote]That article makes it seem like that, and certainly the setence the judge handed down makes it seems like that, but he actually assaulted a nuimber of police officers and store security guards. 5 weeks in prison is a complete joke, it works out to one week for each assault - let alone the actual theft. As I said initially, the practice of 'concurrent' sentencing is really just a way of saying, 'no punishment at all for all but one of your crimes'. ChannelX
  • Score: 0

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