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Chester man stole coffee after jail release

Published date: 17 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN stole coffee to sell two weeks after being released from prison with just £40 and nowhere to go.

Craig Michael Lambert, 39, of Grosvenor Street, Chester, pleaded guilty to taking five jars of coffee worth £33.50 from Tesco in Chester city centre.

West Cheshire magistrates heard how Lambert took the jars by concealing them in his jacket on January 13 this year.

Lionel Cope, prosecuting, said when Lambert was questioned by police, he claimed to have taken the jars after discovering he had no money.

Defending, Richard Simm said his client had been released from prison on New Year’s Eve after serving 10 weeks.

“What he tells me is that when he came out he had nowhere to go and had just a discharge grant of £41.”

Mr Simm said Lambert’s first appointment with probation was not until January 16 and he was struggling for money.

“Not surprisingly, he didn’t get by,” he said. “He was at the end of the line and took the coffee to sell to get some food.”

Lambert was sentenced to four weeks in jail suspended for two years and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £80.

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