Christchurch thief and burglar escapes jail time
A MAN who punched his victim to the ground and dragged him into an early morning robbery avoided jail time.
Jack Alexander Barnes stole a cell phone, keys and an electronic cigarette from Daniel Scott after attacking him in Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth on November 1, 2019.
As reported, Barnes, 27, of Burton Road, Christchurch, pleaded guilty to robbery as well as a burglary offense.
This second charge concerned a separate incident when he stole items from a woman’s purse at her home in Christchurch on November 13, 2019.
Judge Stephen Climie postponed Barnes’ conviction during a hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court on September 28 last year. The judge said if the thief stayed out of trouble, he would avoid being sent to jail.
Barnes was back on the dock in the same court on Monday, June 14 to know his fate.
While the defendant was convicted of shoplifting three bottles of wine from a Tesco store on November 18, 2020, the judge said he had made progress and called the defendant’s rehabilitation a “long project. term”.
“You have taken a step in the right direction and it is clearly up to you to seize the opportunity that I have given you,” said Judge Climie.
The judge told Barnes that every day he wakes up he needs to take a moment to think about whether he’s going to shoplift or go to work and continue his rehabilitation.
The court heard that the accused, who spent nearly a year in pre-trial detention after his November 2019 offense, is now in more stable conditions at home and at work.
Judge Climie said Barnes’ criminal record was appalling, however, he added: “Every day that passes is likely to reduce the risk of you coming back to me as long as you stay out of trouble.”
Barnes received a two-year community order, which included up to a 40-day rehab activity requirement. He was also ordered to pay compensation of £ 100 to the victim of the burglary and £ 350 to the victim of the theft.
Before Barnes was allowed to leave the wharf, the judge warned him not to end up in court, to which the accused replied, “That won’t happen, mate.”
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