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Spalding shoplifter who hit security guard with bottle jailed for 21 months

A shoplifter smashed a bottle over the head of a security guard while trying to run from a Spalding supermarket, a court has heard today (Monday).

Adam Isham (33) ran towards the exit of Sainsbury's, in Holland Market, after he was seen trying to hide a bottle of alcohol in his clothing.

During a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court, Isham was jailed for 21 months after he admitted charges of unlawful wounding and theft of three bottles of alcohol at the store on September 24 this year.

Lincoln Crown Court. (20312344)
Lincoln Crown Court. (20312344)

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said that Isham ran from the store having left his victim with blood pouring from head wounds.

"Isham was seen fidgeting in an aisle and then spotted trying to hide a bottle in the sleeve of his hoodie," Mr Howes said.

"He realised he had been seen and so walked quickly towards the exit.

Crown Court news. (15112908)
Crown Court news. (15112908)

"When he realised a member of staff was running after him, the defendant ran and at the exit, the security guard stuck out an arm to try and stop him.

"The defendant struck him with a bottle and the security officer fell to the floor, bleeding heavily."

Mr Howes told the court that police were called and they took the security guard to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, where he was treated for two deep wounds to his head which needed stitches.

Isham, who was living in a tent on Holbeach Road, Spalding, at the time, was arrested within half an hour of the incident.

Adam Isham.Photo supplied. (20314457)
Adam Isham.Photo supplied. (20314457)

But by then, Isham had already sold on the three bottles of alcohol that he had stolen.

The court heard that Isham had 54 previous convictions for a total of 130 offences, including 48 thefts.

Neil Sands, in mitigation, said that Isham regretted what happened and explained that his client was homeless at the time of the incident.

Court news (4626021)
Court news (4626021)

Mr Sands told the court that Isham went shoplifting in the hope of getting arrested and being sent to prison, but had not set out to injure anyone.

"He last had accommodation three years ago and stole these bottles of alcohol to sell and get some money for food."

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