A Corby man who was handed a community punishment for stealing thousands of pounds worth of jewellery from his former girlfriend’s family has been sent to prison after failing to complete a single hour of the order.
Heath Ball, 24, from Wansford Place, was given an eight-month suspended prison sentence and given a 180-hour community punishment in October for stealing jewellery worth between £3,000 and £4,000 while he and his girlfriend were housesitting at his partner’s aunt and uncle’s house.
Northampton Crown Court was last week told that when that relationship broke down, after the thefts were discovered, Ball stole his girlfriend’s engagement ring.
He appeared in court last Friday where the court was told that he had not completed any of the community punishment, and had not offered any reasonable excuses.
The court heard he had been deeply upset by the incident and was receiving help from his family.
Recorder Robert Egbuna said he had no choice but to give Ball an eight-month prison sentence.