£10.44 Aldi theft puts Ipswich shoplifter behind bars for five months

William Hutchinson stole from the Aldi store in Meredith Road, Ipswich. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

William Hutchinson stole from the Aldi store in Meredith Road, Ipswich. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

An Ipswich man has been locked up for stealing a sandwich, biscuits, scotch eggs and sweets from Aldi less than a month into his suspended jail sentence.

William Hutchinson was led to cells at magistrates’ court in Ipswich on Monday, after admitting two counts of theft from the Meredith Road Aldi on February 2 and March 2.

The 45-year-old was in breach of a 26-week suspended sentence handed down for burglary, theft and shoplifting on January 18.

Hutchinson attempted to return the confectionary he had placed in a bag before leaving Aldi on March 2.

Solicitor Michael Stephenson said he was under the impression that returning the goods, despite having concealed them, would provide a defence against prosecution.

Magistrates activated 20 weeks of the suspended sentence and added two weeks for Hutchinson’s latest crimes. He must also pay £5.73 in compensation and £200 in court fees.

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