Prisoner in court for theft

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A man serving a nine month prison term for assault appeared in custody before magistrates on Monday for a shop theft in Spalding.

Victor Ford (36), formerly of Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, ordered chicken and two joints of beef from the delicatessen counter at Sainbury’s on November 2 and left without paying.

Prosecutor Paul Wood said Ford was caught outside the store and the meat, worth a total of £44.02, was recovered.

Ford was sent to jail in January when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court for an assault on a 33-year-old man in Westlode Street, Spalding, on December 20.

Ford pleaded guilty to shop theft and magistrates at Boston sentenced him to one day’s prison to run concurrently with his existing sentence.

Solicitor Phillipa Chatterton, mitigating, said Ford’s benefits had been sanctioned at the time following a missed appointment and his partner had ended their relationship, leaving him homeless and on the streets with very little money.

She said: “He was stealing to survive.”

Miss Chatterton said Ford intended to eat some of the meat – one item was hot chicken – and sell the rest.