A BURGLAR has been jailed for stealing from a shed – one day after receiving a suspended sentence for the same type of offence.
Gary Anstey, 27, of Glyn Garth in Blacon, pleaded guilty to stealing a bike from the shed on the evening of May 16.
The offence happened just one day after he had appeared in Chester Crown Court charged with the same type of burglary. Anstey had received a 12-week sentence, suspended for two years.
Huw Edwards, prosecuting, told Chester Crown Court the offence happened at about 7.30pm at a Blacon garden.
Anstey was with an accomplice and when challenged by the victim’s father over the bike theft, Anstey escaped through a hedge.
Police were called and Anstey was caught moments later, where it was also found he had a kitchen knife and a scraper on him.
Richard Thomas, defending, said Anstey had pleaded guilty to all charges at the first opportunity.
He added Anstey had been living with his alcoholic father and had actually asked to be remanded in custody when the case came to Chester Magistrates Court.
Mr Thomas added: “It’s a sad reflection on his life that he finds custody preferable.”
Judge Roger Dutton sentenced Anstey to a total of 36 weeks in jail – 12 each for the burglary, possession of a knife and breaching the suspended sentence.
He said: “What makes this behaviour remarkable is the day before you did this you were before a judge and given a 12-week suspended sentence.
“It’s quite plain you had no intention of complying with the order.”
In addition to the sentence, the kitchen knife was to be forfeited and destroyed.