Jail for Kettering thief who made homophobic slurs

He's been put behind bars

Saturday, 2nd October 2021, 8:00 am
Northampton Magistrates' Court.

A thief who made vile homophobic slurs towards a police officer when he was arrested in Kettering has been put behind bars.

Michael Pierce was caught stealing food worth £10.95 from the Premier in Dalkeith Place at about 1pm on August 24 and the shop owner called police.

But when officers arrived to detain the 35-year-old thief he made numerous homophobic comments to one of them.

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Pierce, of no fixed address, later admitted theft and a public order offence, which magistrates said was aggravated due to the hostility based on the victim's sexual orientation or presumed sexual orientation.

He also admitted stealing three boxed dolls worth £95.97 from a B&M store on September 27.

Magistrates in Northampton jailed him for a total of four weeks because of his record of previous offending.

Pierce must pay costs of £85, compensation of £10.95 and a surcharge to fund victim services of £128.