Former Mansfield marketing manager jailed

A FORMER marketing manager who was spared prison after robbing a woman of a gold chain in a Mansfield car park, has been locked up for new offences.

A judge told James Gill: “You obviously had a good background, a good education and good job but it has all gone with drink and drugs.

“If anyone is an object lesson in the dangers of those substances, you are it.”

Gill (30) formerly of Berry Hill Road, Mansfield, was given a 12-month sentence suspended for two years last August after he admitted the robbery near Sainsbury’s on 28th June.

He snatched a gold necklace from a 54-year-old woman’s neck as she put her shopping bags on the ground by her car.

He ran off with the gold chain but luckily a pendant holding a valuable stone fell to the ground. The piece of jewellery was valued at £975.

Gill offered a nearby motorist £20 for a lift to a jeweller’s in town.

Six days later the car driver read about the robbery in the Chad and contacted the police.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that Gill had since breached his suspended sentence.

On 28th November he was staying at a woman’s home in the Doncaster area when he stole two rings left in the bathroom.

He sold them for £725 at a jeweller’s although they were valued at £4,820.

A day later he stole a half case of champagne at Sainsbury’s in Doncaster.

As he ran off pursued by a security guard he barged two police officers out of the way. But he was arrested later in a pub.

His barrister Nicholas Neale said: “He was brought low by the loss of his job. He held down a responsible job before going on the skids.”

Judge Jonathan Teare told Gill: “Last time you were given a merciful sentence.”

The judge jailed him for 14 months.