TWO persistent shoplifters from Totton were given “one last chance” to break their drug habits by magistrates who spared them both an immediate jail term.
Shaun Havard (33), of Meacher Close, and Paul Munday (41), of Harwood Close, admitted numerous offences – including four they committed together – in which items such as a clothing, food, alcohol and coffee were taken.
Among the stores targeted by the pair were some on the Waterside, including the Tesco Express in Hythe three times in four days in September.
In total, Munday pleaded guilty to six offences between June and September, and admitted they put him in breach of a conditional discharge for assault and attempted theft. Havard admitted seven separate thefts between August and September.
The Bench noted both defendants had extensive records of offending and gave each a six-month prison term, suspended for 18 months.
That was because, Southampton magistrates warned, both men were getting “one last chance” to “break their drug habits”.
Both Havard and Munday were placed under a six-month electronic curfew between 2pm and 2am, and told to undertake probation programmes to help their rehabilitation.
They were also told to pay £128 court costs each and banned from entering any Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl or Waitrose store in Totton, Dibden Purlieu or Hythe.