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Alcoholic Spared Jail

Monday October 7 2013


Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court


A MAN who steals 'because he is an alcoholic' has been spared from being sent straight to jail.

Mark Henderson, 38, who has been in and out of prison, was given the chance to deal with his drink problem when he appeared at Barnsley Magistrates' Court.

Henderson was ordered to undergo six months of alcohol treatment as part of a 16-week jail sentence, suspended for a year.

District Judge John Foster said there was a chance Henderson would breach the terms of the suspended sentence.

He said: "Nothing suggests to me you're going to make a genuine effort to deal with your drink problem.

"You're an alcoholic. Alcoholism is an illness which leads you to commit offences and spend long spells in prison.

"Do not spend what little money you have on drink so that you have to steal. You're 38. If you don't deal with this problem, you will struggle to reach 48."

Eric Bray, defending, said Henderson, of Hope Avenue, Goldthorpe, was 'potentially down and out' when he last came out of prison because he had nowhere to live and no money.

Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting, said Henderson stole meat worth £30 from a branch of the Co-op. She said it was never recovered.

Henderson, who admitted shoplifting, was ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge, £35 in costs and £30 in compensation.

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Reply Posted by . on Monday October 7 2013 at 13:05
Pricks just gunna do it again

Reply Posted by lee on Monday October 7 2013 at 13:07
people like this have no reason to live. If you are a continuing blight on society by the age of thirty. Then you should be compulsory euthanized.

Reply Posted by shocked on Monday October 7 2013 at 13:28
Yes, and widen this even further to idiots called Lee that that make Hitlerlike post on here.
Grow up skidmark

Reply Posted by lee on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 01:41
It's bleeding heart liberals like you who are to blame for the state of society today.
Hitler like?. Don't be so pathetic. Why not try and find a solution to wastes of space like this idiot, and stop being content to sit on your arse and complain about people who want to make the world a better place for everyone who is willing to pull their own weight in life.

Reply Posted by shocked on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 08:37
So lee,your solution is to kill everyone that dosn,t fit your category of deserving life. You are pathetic,and if they upset you so much then my friend its you who needs to find a solution to alcoholism. If the only solution to you can find is to kill them,then tis you my friend that needs the help. Small minded Nazi,trying to make a super race,that's what you are. The blokes done wrong,yes,punish him,yes,but by god,kill him off, mmmm let's see NO. At the minute,my solution would be something along the lines of vouchers for food,no cash given. Might not be much,I'm not a doctor,but apparently you feel the need to become an exterminator. Good solution lee. I zig heil you,

Reply Posted by lee on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 12:33
I already offered my solution in my origional post. Which I believe is the reason you are now rabidly foaming at the mouth with weak willed liberal apologist bile.
Food vouchers?, and I suppose decent, hard working, law abiding and tax paying members of society will have to pay for those?.
You're quick to use nonsensical, hideous references against me. Which leads me me suspect that you are probably a child, or leech on society too, and probably not fit or mature enough for purpose, comment or participation. You are beneath me.

Reply Posted by More shocked on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 13:13
My god lee. You truly are horrible. I am actually a hard working employer of people.The amount of tax I pay is simply enormouse. Its the way you feel the need to exterminate those who you deem to be lower than yourself thats so .well...evil! Please god, I hope our paths never cross. What a post. Rabies,bile,nonsensical,hideous,leech,?? I do hope you are not in any form of employment where you mix with others that are lower than yourself. I believe my position in life to be higher,both employment wise,and humanistic than yours. You need a good scrape around the brain to rid yourself of all the nastiness around it. Tis you I fear that is beneath a worms scabby tit. But still,I do feel sorry for you.

Reply Posted by Chris on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 01:01
I think both of you are bit daft to be honest, and quite possibly a pair of trolls who are trolling each other..
Lee. You are hilarious. But you do write your nonsense coherently at least.
Shocked/more shocked. You read like a dyslexic social worker. lol.
Thanks to both of you for the entertaining read though. As for the piss head this article is about. He sounds like a complete tub o spunk!..

Reply Posted by reader on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 09:04
And you Chris sound like a smug smarty pants, I do agree with your last comment though.

Reply Posted by Useless Magistrates on Monday October 7 2013 at 17:56
I'm addicted to chocolate...it's an illness so can I go shoplifting for it and escape prison?

Reply Posted by STEVO on Monday October 7 2013 at 18:10
Should have given him 18 months in chokey and been made to detox.

Reply Posted by mae brussel on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 00:12
I thought people just stole from the coop because the coop steals from the public
with there extortionate prices. but no you can steal from supermarkets because your an alcoholic or a drug user.
Can i steal from a supermarket because i wear glasses and i dont go to specsavers.
What next

Reply Posted by kerry on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 08:49
Alcoholism is devastating to familys I watched my uncle kill himself with drink and found him dead its a big issue in society from youngsters to OAPs peole with long term alcoholism need to detoxify in a hospital or detox unit and then need follow up care when they are at there most vulnerable not thrown back in society with no were to go !!

Reply Posted by the ghost on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 09:05
Alcoholics and drug users know they can get help for there addictions but choose not to, i know from experience, they crave attention, jail them and have done with it...

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 10:07
@kerry - You are wasting your time on here with those educated opinions of yours. How can you expect the average WABer to understand your views? It is too complex for them. There was a thread on here the other week, a man had been caught with a small amount of cannabis, some people suggested he should be jailed and the key thrown away! Of course, it didn't help that he was Lithuanian. It brought out the 'send im back where he came from brigade'