Scuffle with security over stolen meat gets man suspended sentence

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STOLEN meat and a scuffle with a security guard landed a man with a 12 month suspended sentence

Richard Conboy, of Harrow Street, Grantham, told the court that he could not remember stealing the meat and other goods valued at £27.15 from Asda or being abusive to the security guard because he was drunk. But he accepted that he did it.

The security guard, who was standing next to the doors, saw Conboy, 29, leaving Asda without paying for the goods in his trolley.

The guard approached Conboy in Union Street.

An altercation took place and they both ended up on the floor.

Jill Derby, prosecuting, said that during the scuffle Conboy, who was very drunk at the time, made several threats including saying that he would hit the security guard with a hammer.

Rob Arthur, defending, said: “He apologises to the security guard for the use of language and the tirade of abuse.”

Mr Arthur said that many of Conboy’s previous offences related to drug problems, which he was now on top of, but he had turned to alcohol.

District Judge Richard Blake said: “You are not going to see 40 unless you reduce your drinking.”

Conboy said he knew he should stop drinking but he said: “I have problems beyond court.

“When I want to stop drinking maybe I will.”

He was given 12 month suspended sentences of eight weeks and 16 weeks to run concurrently.

He was also told to pay £200 compensation to the security guard.