Man jailed after attacking shop worker and stealing groceries while on suspended prison sentence

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Shanley was sentenced at Southampton Magistrates Court

A MAN was jailed for 20 weeks after attacking a shop worker and stealing more than £300 worth of groceries while serving a suspended prison sentence.

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Michael Shanley (31), of Andrew Close, Totton, pleaded guilty to assaulting staff member Lydia Douglas in Southampton last Monday, when he appeared before a district judge at the city’s magistrates’ court the following day.

He also admitted stealing goods valued at £313.18 from Morrisons in Southampton and trying to steal groceries from a city branch of Tesco on the same day.

Shanley admitted the offences were in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed by magistrates in November last year when he was convicted of two counts of assault by beating and two thefts.

The district judge ruled the assault was particularly serious as it was against a shop worker during a time of national crisis when self-isolation and social distancing are encouraged.

A pre-sentence report was ruled out as the judge would not be dissuaded from imposing a custodial sentence.

As well as activating a 16-week jail term, which had been suspended for 12 months, the Bench sentenced the defendant to a further four weeks behind bars.

He was also ordered to pay a £122 surcharge to fund victim support services.

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