A MAN who wasn't well enough to keep his probation appointment but then went out stealing from a supermarket found himself back in court.

Thomas Williams, of Upper Bryn Road in Connah's Quay, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old admitted two thefts committed at Asda in Queensferry - the first being on September 23 when he took £216 worth of goods, and the second on October 30 when he took items worth £667.56.

Prosecutor Justin Espie told how the defendant simply went into the shop and took the items, which were all recovered.

He pointed out to the court that Williams was on a community order at the time.

Probation officer Andrew Connah agreed with District Judge Gwyn Jones that the defendant could definitely 'do better' than he is on the current community order.

One example given was Williams' non attendance at a probation requirement due to him being unfit - but then going on to steal which he apparently was 'fit enough' for.

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Ceri Lewis, defending, said: "The facts speak for themselves.

"He has a horrendous record from when he was addicted to heroin, but that's no longer the case."

She said however that it seemed her client had taken up alcohol misuse for a short time.

"He has no recollection," she said, "but he fully admitted the offences.

"He is not working currently due to a leg injury and his mental health issues."

District Judge Jones told the defendant: "Your record of offending does you no favours - and you've not taken advantage of working with the probation team. You continue offending.

"The excuse of not being able to go to probation then going out stealing doesn't impress me.


"If you're fit enough to go out stealing, you're fit enough to keep your appointments with probation.

"There is still progress to be made."

The Judge handed down a total custodial sentence of 12 weeks for the two thefts, but suspended the term for a year.

During that period of time, Williams will be prohibited from entering any Asda store in England or Wales.

He must pay £85 costs and a £154 victim surcharge.