Shoplifter jailed for defying judge who gave him last chance

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A SERIAL offender has been jailed for five months after he defied a judge who gave him a last chance by going shoplifting the day after appearing in court.

John Lee Paul Morrison, 37, was at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court for three thefts and a failure to surrender to bail.

District Judge Roger Elsey decided to defer sentence to a later date to give Morrison a chance to show that he could stay our of trouble.

But only the following day, Morrison was back to his old tricks, stealing 38 bars of chocolate and a shopping basket from Poundland – to the value of £54.

On Friday Morrison, of Murton Street, Hendon, admitted the latest theft.

Kate Meek, defending, said: “He has been in and out of prison over the years on and off and there have been occasions when he has worked with the Probation Service.”

Judge Elsey said: “I deferred the sentence to give you another chance. You offended again and you have to be sentenced for four offences of theft and one of failing to surrender. Quite clearly, with your record, there is only one sentence I can pass.”