Threatening thug jailed

A YOUNGSTER who threatened to terrorise a music shop after being spotted trying to steal DVDs will spend Christmas behind bars.Christopher Woodward, 20, formerly of Poppy Close, Ipswich appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates.

A YOUNGSTER who threatened to terrorise a music shop after being spotted trying to steal DVDs will spend Christmas behind bars.

Christopher Woodward, 20, formerly of Poppy Close, Ipswich appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates. He admitted trying to steal DVDs and using threatening behaviour.

He also admitted stealing a camera from Superdrug in October, breaching a supervision order and failing to attend an earlier court hearing.

Magistrates at Ipswich heard in August Woodward was spotted by the Virgin Megastore manager de-tagging DVDs. She escorted him from the store.


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Prosecuting Gareth Davies said: "On escorting him from the store he turned to her and said, 'I am going to terrorise this store.'

"Because of what has happened on past occasions she felt threatened by the remark."

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Three days later he was back in the store de-tagging more DVDs.

In October, after a spell in a young offenders institute for other crimes, Woodward was spotted stealing a camera in Superdrug in Ipswich by a store detective.

He went to the till and paid for a drink, but slipped the camera in his pocket and left with it.

Woodward admitted the offence after being arrested by police and was bailed to appear at the court on November 21. He failed to attend.

Neal Saunders, mitigating, said when Woodward told the manager of Virgin Megastore that he would terrorise it, it was not meant as a joke, but felt that it was not said in a threatening manner.

He said Woodward had problems with short term memory – partly because of substances he was taking – and that he simply forgot to turn up for his appointments.

Mr Saunders said probation services lost touch with Woodward because he no longer had an address as his mother had moved without telling him.

For the breach the supervision order and the theft of the camera Woodward was ordered to serve 55 days in custody.

A further 21 days were added to run concurrently for his failure to attend at court.

No further penalty was for the August offences because of an administrative glitch.

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