Burglar James Henderson’s plea ignored by Southampton Crown Court judge

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A PLEA from a serial offender that he wanted to go on a drug rehabilitation course cut no ice with a judge who jailed him for 16 months.

Southampton Crown Court finally ran out of patience with James Henderson who went shoplifting, despite having three suspended sentences hanging over his head.

One, said prosecutor Tim Compton, had only been imposed a week before the thief entered a Tesco store and took a packet of ham and a packet of burgers worth £10.

Henderson, 53, of Denzil Avenue, Southampton, who admitted theft, was said to have 58 previous convictions for 117 offences.

As Judge Peter Ralls QC was about to pass sentence, Henderson stood up in the dock and said he wanted to go on the rehabilitation course.

“I’m sorry for wasting the court’s time but I want a chance to show I am changing my ways. Coming off drugs is not easy.”

The judge accepted that was the case but the court could not carry on giving him suspended sentences.

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6:13am Tue 18 Feb 14

townieboy says...

This is a joke.Out in 10 months. 5 years min i would have thought.
This is a joke.Out in 10 months. 5 years min i would have thought. townieboy

8:02am Tue 18 Feb 14

Hastagger says...

We need to have a three strikes and you're out policy. This scum has been offending for years. He has 53 other convictions and over 100 offences... what has been the cost of investigating this and the pain caused to victims. three offences and you go to prison for 25 years, no parole, no easy street. It's not hard to stay out of trouble if you want to.
We need to have a three strikes and you're out policy. This scum has been offending for years. He has 53 other convictions and over 100 offences... what has been the cost of investigating this and the pain caused to victims. three offences and you go to prison for 25 years, no parole, no easy street. It's not hard to stay out of trouble if you want to. Hastagger

9:37am Tue 18 Feb 14

Taskforce 141 says...

I have a radical idea how about you get one year jail time per theft, 5 years per burglary instead of this wishy washy BS we read constantly!
I have a radical idea how about you get one year jail time per theft, 5 years per burglary instead of this wishy washy BS we read constantly! Taskforce 141

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