A MAN has been jailed after going out shoplifting just days after a court gave him a chance to stay out of jail.

The Leader reported earlier this month how Robert Bailey, of Rhosddu Road, received a prison sentence of eight weeks, suspended for a year, in relation to shoplifting offences.

And despite being given a chance, he was back out shoplifting just three days later.

The 33-year-old was produced in custody at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Monday, where he admitted four new counts of shoplifting committed between March 17 and 23.

They included Lurpak and lamb chops from the Co-op in Poplar Road, razor blades from Boots at Plas Coch, cosmetics from Sainsbury's and unidentified items from Morrisons.


The Leader: Robert Bailey (NWP)Robert Bailey (NWP) (Image: North Wales Police)Bethan Jones, defending, told the court her client was "realistic" as to the likely sentence.

She said Bailey found himself in a "particularly difficult situation" - having told the court on the last occasion that he "has suffered severe substance misuse issues in the past."

Ms Jones said: "I don't seek to persuade you not to activate the suspended sentence.

"But there has been no aggressive or abusive behaviour.

The Leader:

"I ask you to consider concurrent sentences regarding the new matters to run concurrent with the activation of the matters before you [on the last occasion.]"

The Magistrates opted to activate the eight week suspended in full, as well as handing down a two week custodial term on each of the four new theft matters - to be served consecutively to each other and to the activated sentence.

That made a total of 16 weeks.

He must also pay £51.60 in compensation to Co-op and £64 to Boots.

The items taken from Sainsbury's were recovered and the goods stolen from Morrisons could not be valued.