No jail time for crook who 'burst into tears' after admitting stealing from girlfriend (From Bournemouth Echo)
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No jail time for crook who 'burst into tears' after admitting stealing from girlfriend
A CROOK who stole from his girlfriend and her family burst into tears after being told he would not face jail.
Marc Aldridge, 31, of Wavell Road, Kinson, admitted to nine counts of theft between late December 2012 and early January of this year.
The man, who has 17 previous convictions for 54 offences, walked free after the judge read a letter from his long-suffering father asking for leniency.
He had been going out with girlfriend for around nine months when he stole a number of items of jewellery, including a sovereign ring given to her for a birthday present.
He also took a gold chain and pedant engraved with an image of St Christopher given to the woman’s father by her mother.
The family were “devastated” by the loss of the items, the court heard.
Judge John Harrow condemned Aldridge, who will become a father next year, as “despicable”.
He said: “You were in a trusting relationship with your partner and her father and you saw no problem with relieving them of valuable items, which also have great sentimental value.”
Aldridge sold the items for cash.
“Worse still, when you were confronted, you lied and tried to implicate other people,” said Judge Harrow.
However, he made the decision to sentence Aldridge to five months in prison, suspended for 12 months.
“You have been very fortunate today,” the judge warned.
“Don’t let down those people who have spoken and written in your behalf.”
Aldridge, who wore a white shirt with elbow patches and a blue tie, put his face in his hands and gave a shuddering sigh as his sentence was passed.
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