WISBECH: Persistent shoplifter jailed for more than eight months for breaching ASBO again

PUBLISHED: 17:28 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

jonathan holmes

jonathan holmes

BREACHING his anti-social behaviour order by entering Wisbech town centre landed persistent shoplifter Jonathan Holmes with an eight-and-a-half-month jail sentence today. Holmes – who has more than 200 convictions – was last year banned from the centre of

BREACHING his anti-social behaviour order by entering Wisbech town centre landed persistent shoplifter Jonathan Holmes with an eight-and-a-half-month jail sentence today.

Holmes - who has more than 200 convictions - was last year banned from the centre of Wisbech and every shop within the Wisbech Shopwatch scheme as part of his ASBO.

But within weeks of being given the order, he flouted its restrictions, District Judge Ken Sheraton was told at Wisbech courthouse.

Just two weeks ago Holmes admitted three breaches of his ASBO, and was given an eight-month suspended jail sentence.

He had admitted stealing bacon from McColls on November 29, putting him in breach of his ASBO; and breaching the order by entering Woolworths on December 7, and by stealing from WH Smith on December 8.

Just a week after that court hearing Holmes was spotted back in town, and today the 41-year-old admitted breaching his ASBO on two more occasions.

On January 7 a security guard saw him in the town's Horsefair Shopping Centre; and three days later he was caught on CCTV as he walked through the shopping centre.

Solicitor Ben Pearson said Holmes had loitered in the Horsefair centre car park on January 10, picking up cigarette butts.

Police went to his home, and discovered he was living in a freezing cold unheated house. He had no door on his room, and there was "doubtful" wiring on a TV.

"He tends to take to the streets where there are people he can talk to," added Mr Pearson.

Holmes had a prescription for the heroin substitute methadone, and had been drinking alcohol at the time of the offences.

The Judge activated Holmes' eight month suspended sentence, and imposed another two-week sentence for the ASBO breaches.


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