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Petty Criminal Given Chance To Redeem Himself

Wednesday January 8 2014

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A PETTY criminal has been given until mid-February to redeem himself.

John Poppleton, who had got used to short spells in jail, decided he wanted to 'nip his problems in the bud' when he faced a bleak future, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Poppleton had spent the last 12 months asking the court to be sent straight to prison rather than staying free and getting help, said Philip Stables, defending.

Mr Stables said: "Now, after reflection, Mr Poppleton has realised things have to change. Homelessness and benefits problems are at the root of his offending.

"He has a criminal record which will worry the court. I think Mr Poppleton is determined to nip his problems in the bud.

"He has spent the last three weeks in prison on remand because he did not want bail. His future looked bleak."

District Judge John Foster said Poppleton looked older than 33 because of the life he led.

"You're still young enough to change but no-one else but you can improve your life," he added.

Poppleton, of Sheffield Road, Barnsley, admitted stealing razors worth £88 from Wilkinson.

Chantel Lowery-Green, prosecuting, said Poppleton was caught on closed circuit television and handed himself in when he found out police were after him.

Poppleton was given the chance to prove he was trying to put his life of crime behind him and stay out of trouble.

Sentencing was deferred until February 13.

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Reply Posted by unbelievable on Wednesday January 8 2014 at 15:39
wish courts saw what us retailers in town saw, he will never change, he doesn't want to change, he has been robbing shops in town for over 10yrs, low life who makes peoples life hell!!!!! lock up the loser for good!!!!!

Reply Posted by lolz on Wednesday January 8 2014 at 17:12
Towd popo lol

Reply Posted by Rog on Saturday January 11 2014 at 17:57
Magistrates must be THE most stupid people to wear suits...

Reply Posted by lauren on Monday January 13 2014 at 15:11
I do believe people can change with a bit of help I hope he can get sorted and learn the right way to live his life I wish him all the luck and hope he proves people wrong that he can change