Wrexham man's vodka theft results in 95th conviction


Elwyn Roberts

A MAN  with a drink problem has been jailed after he notched up his 95th conviction.

Robert Lee Evans admitted stealing a bottle of vodka on Boxing Day, and a public order offence following a disturbance at his sister’s home on Wednesday, January 2.

Evans, 27, was a father of four whose wife was expecting another child imminently, a court was told yesterday.

But he had previous convictions for 93 offences and was on licence at the time after he was jailed for previous shoplifting and other offences in November.

District Judge Andrew Shaw, sitting at Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold, said that only an immediate prison sentence was appropriate and he was jailed or two months.

The court heard how at about 5pm Evans entered the Tesco store in Wrexham and left without paying for a £16 bottle of vodka.

When arrested, he said: “I know. I'm stupid.”

He told how he had been drinking vodka over Christmas and wanted more.

Evans, of Hamlington Avenue, Gwersyllt had been charged and bailed to court later this month.

But yesterday he had been arrested following a disturbance outside his sister’s home in Church Street, Rhos.

Prosecutor Matthew Ellis said he was kicking and banging on the door and kicking bins over into the street. He was not allowed in by his brother-in-law because of his condition and was arrested. Police found him intoxicated and incoherent.

Alan Williams, defending, said Evans had developed an unenviable record of convictions.

His offending was not of the most serious type but they were frequent and involved drunk and disorderly and shoplifting.

Evans had three children and his partner was expecting in the next few days.

“He clearly needs to pull his socks up and provide a more responsible environment and example to the children,” he said.

Evans had no recollection at all of the incident at his sister’s home.

He had consumed an inordinate amount of alcohol over the Christmas period, he was drunk and wanted more which was why he had gone to the Tesco store.

“If he stopped drinking then he would stop offending,” Mr Williams explained.

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