Drug addict thief only jailed for eight weeks tells magistrates that’s pathetic

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A thief sent to prison for eight weeks described his sentence as pathetic and told magistrates they needed to their job properly.

Alex Livingstone, 40, of Cecil Drive, Corby, handed himself into the town’s police station on Monday night and at Kettering Magistrates Court yesterday he admitted two charges of theft to fund his £100-a-day drug addiction.

But after his sentence was passed, he launched a tirade of abuse directed at the chairman of the magistrates Raymond Edis, and said: “It’s pathetic. You should have given me a lot longer than that.

“Where is the sense in that sentence, I’ll be as much as a danger to the general public in eight weeks as I am now.

“You need to get a grip and do your job properly.”

Mr Edis responded by telling court officers to escort Livingstone out of the courtroom.

The defendant said he had pleaded guilty to save police time instead of being the subject of a trial.

Earlier, the court heard that on Saturday, January 14, Livingstone stole chicken fillets from an Iceland store.

Then, on Sunday, February 19. he stole a quantity of items from a Ford Cougar car in Sudborough Road, Brigstock.

Ammo Bains, representing Livingstone, said: “He has asked the court to sentence him to do a custodial sentence.

“If he doesn’t get sentenced he will commit again.

“He has expressed that he is extremely sorry for what he has done and the reason he has committed these offences was to help to finance his very expensive drug addiction of £100 a day.

“Credit must be given for his entering of a guilty plea, and he went into Corby police station on Monday and reported the offences.

“He said he has pleaded guilty in order to save police time instead of a trial.”

Jarena Tomaszewska, prosecuting, said: “He stole a quantity of items from the car, including a laptop, an iPod, a passport and driving licence, totalling about £950.

“He also stole a PSP games console and a TomTom phone charger during the theft.

“He has a very expensive drug addiction.”

The court heard that the defendant had numerous previous convictions dating back to 1986, for mainly burglary and theft matters.

Passing sentence, Mr Edis said: “We think you are at risk of harm to the general public.

“We give you credit for entering guilty pleas early, but we are going to sentence you to eight weeks for the two offences.”

Livingstone was also ordered to pay £200 in compensation to the owner of the vehicle which was stolen from.