A MAN has been returned to jail after stealing from a shop whilst on licence.

Ashley Busch, of no fixed abode, was produced in custody at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Monday morning.

The 36-year-old admitted that on March 26, he stole various items from Sainsburys at Plas Coch to the value of £88.50.

Prosecutor Justin Espie told the court that on the day in question, Busch simply walked into the store, selected the items and walked out without making any attempt to pay.

He added the court would have limited sentencing options, as Busch had been recalled to prison.


The defendant had been jailed for 18 weeks in February for five counts of theft, two of fraud and one of handling stolen goods.

It was said on his behalf on that occasion that he was "stealing to feed himself."

Busch committed the latest theft at Sainsbury's whilst on licence.

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In his defence, the court heard on Monday morning how the defendant hadn't wished for any personal mitigation to be put forward on his behalf- as he'd accepted the type of sentence he would likely receive.

As such, he wished to keep proceedings "short and sweet," but the court was asked to take into account his prompt guilty plea and afford him credit for it.

The magistrates imposed an immediate custodial term of four weeks and ordered Busch to pay £88.50 in compensation, as well as a £154 victim surcharge.