Grantham court: Suspended jail sentence for shoplifter

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A Lincoln man who travelled to Grantham to commit shop thefts was given a suspended prison sentence.

Edward Lawson of Edendale View, Lincoln, admitted stealing £150 worth of power tools from Wickes in Gonerby Road, £110 worth of hair products from the Co-op in Princess Drive and £70 worth of meat from the Co-op in Dysart Road.

Lawson’s own defence solicitor Bill Miller described his client as having an “unenviable record as a result of his drug addiction”.

Lawson also admitted breaching a community order by ignoring his 7pm until 7am curfew on numerous occasions.

However, Mr Miller urged the court to allow the order to continue. He said: “It will give him the opportunity to address this drug addiction which is being addressed by this community order.”

Chair of magistrates Jim Price asked how a man on benefits could afford to travel to towns and cities such as Sheffield to commit crime. Mr Miller said Lawson was transported by other people also taking part in crime.

Magistrates revoked the current order and replaced it with a 24-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months. There is also 12-months of supervision order with a drug rehabilitation requirement.

Lawson must also pay £330.65 in compensation.stores. However, he was spared costs.

Mr Price told Lawson: “We are giving you a chance here and you need to take it. You know the consequences.”