Sutton thief narrowly avoids prison term

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A young man who stole a soft drink worth £1.49 from a Mansfield petrol station has narrowly avoided being sent to jail.

Aaron James Bagley, who gave his address as King Street, Sutton, appeared before Mansfield Magistrates’ Court where he admitted the charge.

However, the offence was committed while he was the subject of a suspended sentence handed down to him less than two months ago.

The court was told how, on 22nd August, Bagley had stolen from the Crossroads Service Station on Mansfield’s Southwell Road West.

The court was told how Bagley had been on a bike ride with friends when they stopped at the garage to get a drink.

He did not have enough money and so chose to walk out without paying.

After being apprehended, his co-accused was let off with a police caution.

It was explained how Bagley was already on a suspended sentence given in July for a charge of fraud.

He had spent thousands of pounds of his grandmother’s money on online auction site, eBay.

She had originally given him permission to buy a few items, but he had gone on to spend £2,000 of her cash.

Defending, Emma Goodall, said that her client had been suffering from health issues in recent weeks.

He had chest pains, kidney problems and was even experiencing hallucinations.

She said he was currently undergoing tests to get to the root of the problem.

A report by probation said Bagley had also completed none of the 150 hours community service he had been given for the original offence, and that contact with probation ‘had been minimal’.

But the magistrates spared him prison by handing him a three-month conditional discharge with a £15 surcharge for the theft.

He was re-sentenced for the fraud charge, for which he received 112 days’ jail, suspended for 12 months, 
and carry out 170 hours unpaid work - which includes an extra 20 hours than previously handed out.