AN OFFENDER sent by a court to a Christian rehabilitation centre stole a tent to use as a shelter while hitch-hiking down there and then failed to show up.
David Michael Ford stole the £15 tent from B and M Bargains in Queensferry at the weekend – along with three bottles of brandy from Lidl on the same day.
Damian Sabino, defending, said his client had the previous week received a community order with supervision so he could take up the place at the rehabilitation centre in Birmingham.
Mr Sabino said he was unable to convince his client the case should be adjourned, to see if a place could still be available to him.
Ford, 27, now of no fixed address but formerly of Meadow Bank, Holywell, was told his place would be lost. He asked to be sentenced immediately and received 56 days’ custody.
He admitted the thefts of the tent and the brandy and was also resentenced for an earlier case when he took his grandmother’s car and crashed it against a tree.
It caused extensive damage to the vehicle.
Ford at that stage admitted aggravated vehicle taking, careless driving, no insurance and no licence – together with two separate counts of stealing alcohol.
He was banned from driving for a year at Flintshire Magistrates Court.
The defendant must pay £300 compensation and £145 costs.
The court was told in the early hours of November 25 last year police were called to a collision involving a single vehicle on the A55 at Ewloe.
A black Suzuki car had left the road and hit a tree.
The defendant was injured and was treated by paramedics.
Interviewed, he said he was under stress and had not been concentrating on his driving.
Magistrates heard at that stage Ford was seeking to get his life together, had started to attend church.