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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Hungry thief stole food from Carlisle supermarket

A thief has been jailed for stealing jewellery and food after going hungry when he was released from prison.

Dean Michael Kerr, 25, of Borland Avenue, Botcherby, took a ring from Precious Metals in Carlisle and four boxes of chocolates from the Co-op.

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard how Kerr had been released from prison and was having problems getting benefits because he didn’t have a permanent address.

Defence solicitor Geoff Clapp said that he had been unable to find accommodation “until recently”.

“He feels he has had a raw deal,” he said. “Each of the last three times he has been at court the judge has indicated that steps must be taken to help him, on release, with accommodation.

“[On this occasion], he had no money and difficulty getting benefits because of a lack of an address. He went into the shop and acted on impulse. He was hungry”.

Prosecutor Diane Jackson said Kerr had gone into the jewellery shop on November 29, tried on a ring and left with it on his finger. She said police watched the CCTV and Kerr was later recognised in the city centre.

On Wednesday, Kerr went into a Co-op and took the chocolates. He was arrested and taken to the police station where he threatened an officer, she said, before hurling a table which hit the wall.

Kerr, who admitted the two thefts and behaving in a violent manner at Durranhill police station, was jailed for 42 days.

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