Depression led ex-serviceman to steal

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A former servicemen who came to England to make a better life for himself has been sent to prison – after shoplifting repeatedly while drunk.

Pranas Kryzevicius, 60, of Albion Terrace, Boston, cried as he appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to stealing items worth £27 from Marks and Spencer on March 21.

Prosecutor Marie Stace said he had asked for another offence of shoplifting – jeans worth £12.50, taken from the same store on February 28 – to be taken into consideration.

Kryzevicius was also in breach of a suspended sentence due to previous shoplifting offences, on December 1 and 15.

Defence solicitor Gordon Holt said he believed Lithuanian Kryzevicius – who had served in Afghanistan – was suffering from a depressive condition, and had been before he moved to the UK.

Mr Holt said Kryzevicius – who revealed he was using anti-depressants – and his son-in-law had come to England with ‘high hopes’ of working.

However, his son-in-law had later returned home while Kryzevicius stayed.

Mr Holt said his client had problems with drink and had committed the crimes while strongly under the influence – adding that on several occasions he had been encouraged to shoplift by people he drank with.

Mr Holt added that his client had completed most of his community order with only one incident, where he had turned up in drink and had been turned away.

Kryzevicius was sentenced to two months in prison for shoplifting and three months for breaching his suspended sentence. The jail terms will run consecutively.