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Man Let Off Jail After Alleged Theft

Tuesday October 8 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A MAN who played a role in stealing tools worth £2,250 from a van has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Dean Thomas Jones, 35, of Kingsland Court, Royston, was given a 12-week jail term, suspended for a year, at Barnsley Magistrates' Court.

Deputy District Judge Tim Capstick said Jones had made life difficult for the victim, Stephen Bradley, because the tools were not insured and would be expensive to replace.

June Allen, prosecuting, said Mr Bradley had been left anxious about leaving things in his van at night and the theft had made it difficult to do his job.

She said Mr Bradley's van was damaged but covered by insurance.

Philip Howard, defending, said Jones was 'adamant' he did not steal the tools. He said he had refused to divulge the names of others involved in the theft.

Mr Howard described Jones as a 'prolific offender in the past'. "Mr Jones spends £100 a day on drugs and needs help."

Jones, who was convicted theft, was ordered to undergo nine months of drug rehabilitation and ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.

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Reply Posted by me on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 17:06
ye avin a laff. surely.

Reply Posted by anon on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 17:15
And according to some we should legalise drugs, this poor excuse of a human stole to feed a habit, He should have been sent down for years, nothing more than a low life.

Reply Posted by STEVO on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 18:24
Same old shit different day!

Should have got two years in the nick to detox without opiate substitutes AND made to pay back the £2k + £1k compensation.

This country is a god damn joke.

Reply Posted by KNOW IT ALL on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 18:46

Reply Posted by lee c on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 19:12
disgusting. how can this be justified? a man steals £2,250 worth of tools, prevents at working man from working, meanwhile, this so called man, gets to keep is £100 a day habit ( what the tax payer pays for *), his liberty. unbelievable.

* a tax payer is not necessary someone who works. you dont have to work to pay tax.
example; if i was to go shopping in the car, i would have to pay tax on the fuel used.
road tax
tax on the shopping etc.
everybody,everywhere in england gets taxed.
back to subject, i agree with stevo he should go to prison, then on release, made to pay the the money owed to his/victim by the way of reducing is dole to £7 pwk
but then again, he needs to steal to find £693 for is habit.
should do what taliban do to thieves..............chop their bloody arms off.

Reply Posted by Not Lee on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 19:21
Should we shoot little girls in the head for going to school too? You can't pick and choose with that lot. They also rely on the heroin trade for their income + hypocracy or what?

Reply Posted by Dave on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 20:12
Typical. What message is this sending to kids out there
Once again if you do wrong you get rewarded, try to make a decent living n stick to the law and end up paying
Hes going to get help n FREE drugs
The victim has to buy new tools
Surley his tools should come out of the drug rehab fund?

Reply Posted by Kendo Nagasaki on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 20:56
What sort of world do magistrates live in? this lad has just got the green light to do exactly the same thing, knowing that if he gets caught, he can claim "he's a victim cos hes an addict!!!!" there's no wonder people are tempted to take the law into their own hands, I agree with the person earlier, this is totally the wrong message to send out, Time to start getting serious with criminals.

Reply Posted by julie on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 20:58
£100 a day drug habit - why the hell should we pay taxes to let this excuse for a human being feed his disgusting habit - makes me sick that they didn't jail him for 10 years - oh yes and what about the victim in this? Oh, I forgot, it doesn't matter about him, like all the victims of crime of course - the judicial system, as well as the drugs 'system' bloody stinks!!

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 23:17
I really cannot believe what I have read, I am disgusted at the leniency shown to this criminal. Where is the voice of reason, can't this be appealed against?

Reply Posted by LOL on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 08:58

Reply Posted by Fawkes on Thursday October 10 2013 at 10:42
The druggy parasites get away with it again. I agree with anon .Some idiots on here want to make cannabis legal .What a load of rubbish.His solicitors creams off the money from legal aid for defending him perhaps he should move the druggies onto his street and live alongside the parasites .Maybe then he would not be so eager to defend these parasites?

Reply Posted by sharon on Saturday October 12 2013 at 15:39