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Kindness repaid with theft

A THIEF who stole £454 from a woman who had taken him in following his release from jail has been sent to back into custody.

A THIEF who stole £454 from a woman who had taken him in following his release from jail has been sent to back into custody.

Wesley Robert Enos, 20, repaid Joyce Clarke's kindness by taking the cash, which she had collected as part of her job for the Pioneer.

Enos, who was on licence from prison at that time, had admitted the theft when he initially appeared before Chester Crown Court this April.

He was given a community service order (CSO) for 100 hours.

But Enos ignored attempts by the Probation Service to get him to do this work, and was eventually brought back before the court on October 15.

He admitted breaching the CSO and was jailed for three months.

Judge Roger Dutton told Enos he had wasted the chance the court had previously given him, and so custody was now inevitable.

'When you are released, I urge you to go on a rehabilitation course again so you won't spend half your life in jail.

'Otherwise, you will get to 40 or 50 and look back on time in custody, wondering if it was all worth it,' added the judge.

Prosecutor John Lovelady said Enos had been sent to a Young Offender's Institute for a year for robbery. He was released on licence last September.

Enos went to live with Mrs Clarke in Elton. She knew him because her daughter had once been in a relationship with him.

Mrs Clarke was an agent for Buy & Sell magazine owned by Chronicle Newspapers, the Pioneer's parent company. She collected money on behalf of the company, which she put in envelopes.

'On December 9 last year, she looked for the money and found it was missing.

A short time later, Enos left the house by taxi.

'In his room, Mrs Clarke found some of the envelopes and missing money. She called the police,' said Mr Lovelady.

Interviewed, Enos originally said he had only taken £40 but later admitted the full facts of the case.

Defending, Andrew Jebb said Enos, of the Milestones rehabilitation centre in Canalside, Chester, worked as a barman in Chester.

He is also a student at Greenbank Catering College in Eaton Road, Handbridge.

'Enos suffers from depression. He did not take advantage of this opportunity given to him by the court at the time,' added Mr Jebb.


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