Christmas behind bars awaits a Boston thief who stole two bottles of whiskey – an act which breached a suspended sentence.
Radza Kozlovskis breached a suspended sentence imposed just over a month before when he went into the Co-op on West Street and tried to escape with the alcohol last Monday.
Boston Magistrates’ Court was told he had committed a spate of thefts, including five he was sentenced for in November, and a further two, for which he had been before the court in January.
On Wednesday, Kozlovskis admitted the offence, and the bench activated his suspended sentence, sending him to prison for 18 weeks.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, said staff had monitored the 32-year-old as soon as they spotted him in the store, and a CCTV check after he left showed him taking the whiskey and hiding it in his jacket before leaving the shop.
A number of workers from the store followed him when he was outside the shop and detained him while the police were called. They recovered the drink, Ms Stace said.
The court was told that in police interview Kozlovskis said he did not know why he had taken the items, but in mitigation Carrie Simson said he had done it to repay a drug debt owed to a friend.
She added: “His previous convictions are clearly related to his drug use, and it is something that needs to be prevented. He needs the necessary intervention.”
She argued that the drug rehabilitation requirement, which was part of his suspended sentence, was helping him and it could put that at risk if he were to go into prison.
Kozlovskis, of Irby Street, Boston, will leave behind a pregnant girlfriend while he is serving his sentence.