Grantham court: Jail for shoplifter who breached his suspended sentence

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A Grantham man who stole five jars of coffee from Aldi has been sentenced to a total of 10 weeks in prison.

Ruben Da Silva, 36, of Norton Street, breached a suspended sentence dating back to September when he shoplifted coffee valued at £24.45 from the Grantham supermarket.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, described how on February 3 Da Silva was one of two males seen leaving the store carrying bags but without paying, and was chased by members of staff.

Da Silva was found in the rear garden of a nearby address, and the goods recovered, before he was arrested and taken to Grantham police station.

Chris Payne from the probation service told the court that Da Silva had a number of previous convictions dating back approximately 12 years, and that these were associated with an ongoing drug problem.

Mr Payne said the defendant was attending Addaction on a voluntary basis and making some progress, although they were looking to formalise this to provide him with better support while taking a methadone prescription.

Sonia Bhalla, defending, highlighted that Da Silva had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, and added: “It has been firmly explained to my client that this is his last chance.”

Miss Bhalla said the shoplifting was a ‘blip’, and that the defendant who was receiving employment support allowance had complied with a curfew from 9pm to 7am as part of his previous sentence.

Magistrates decided that due to numerous breaches of court orders and communty orders they would activate the suspended sentence, convicting Da Silva to eight weeks imprisonment to be served consecutively with two weeks for the shoptheft. He is expected to serve half of that before being considered for release.