WISBECH: Homeless man given day's custody for theft after stealing jacket for girlfriend

PUBLISHED: 16:54 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

A HOMELESS man who has been sleeping rough in Wisbech Park was given a day s custody for theft this week. Ladislav Hajtman had admitted stealing a designer jacket for his girlfriend from the Westgate store in Wisbech on December 13 He appeared at Wisbech

A HOMELESS man who has been sleeping rough in Wisbech Park was given a day's custody for theft this week.

Ladislav Hajtman had admitted stealing a designer jacket for his girlfriend from the Westgate store in Wisbech on December 13

He appeared at Wisbech courthouse in custody, and was fined £35 with £60 costs and a £15 surcharge - but was given one day prison sentence because he has no income to pay the penalty.

The court heard how Hajtman had stuffed the white Bench jacket under his own coat and walked out of the store without paying. The shop manager had detained Hajtman after the theft, and issued him with a banning order. When arrested he admitted theft, and told police he did not have enough money to pay for the £37.49 jacket.

"He wanted the jacket for his girlfriend for a present," said prosecutor Giles Beaumont. "So he decided to go into a changing room and remove the labels and tags."

Solicitor George Sorrell said Hajtman had come to the UK a year ago, and had fallen on hard times.


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