Partners in crime receive very different sentences after shoplifting at Asda in Grantham

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Two men were jointly charged with petty shop thefts - one was jailed while the other was released and given a free trip home to Scotland.

Scott Bennett, who is returning to live in Scotland, and Carl Wright of Barrowby Road in Grantham, both admitted two charges of stealing from shops.

The pair went into Asda in Grantham together on Friday and stole tins of celebrations.

Bennett also admitted stealing Gordon’s Gin while Wright admitted stealing hair conditioner from a shop in Boston.

Both men admitted the thefts. Bennett also admitted breaching a conditional discharge he was given on October 24 for theft matters - 48 hours before walking into Asda to steal again.

The court heard how Bennett had been working in the Boston area until he lost his job. He was trying to get home to Scotland and headed for Grantham in the hope he could then hitch-hike up the A1.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said: “Unfortunately in Grantham he reunited with his friend Mr Wright and the two of them got drunk together. They then took these items of Celebrations chocolates from inside the foyer area.”

Wright was arrested but Bennett initially escaped - only to return later that night and be caught trying to steal a can of Gordon’s Gin worth £1.49.

Bennett was sentenced to a day’s detention, which he had already served waiting for his case to be heard. He was told the conditional discharge he breached would be allowed to run and efforts would be made to secure him a free travel warrant so he can return to Scotland.

Wright, who has 41 previous convictions on his record, was less fortunate. He was on licence at the time of the offences so was sent back to prison for eight weeks.