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Shop theft and assault land prolific Totton offender with suspended prison term

SHOPLIFTING and attacking a man while serving a court order for two previous thefts landed a prolific Totton offender with a suspended prison sentence.

Thomas Amos (34), of Shelley Road, pleaded guilty to stealing meat valued at £67 from his local Lidl on 29th May and committing the assault on the same day in the town, when he appeared before Southampton magistrates.

Noting Amos previously received a community order for taking fragrances and alcohol worth over £1,000 in total in two thefts, the Bench handed him a 16-week jail term suspended for 18 months. He must undergo rehabilitation activity.

The suspension was to allow him to keep appointments with housing, drug support and mental health teams.

Amos was ordered to fully reimburse Lidl for the stolen meat and pay £50 compensation to his assault victim.

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