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Thief threatened guard after stealing 32 bars of chocolate.

Byline: PHILIP DEWEY Reporter philip.dewey@walesonline.co.uk

A MAN who stole 32 chocolate bars from a pound shop and threatened to attack a security guard with a bicycle chain has been jailed.

Morris Doyle, 47, was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to possessing an offensive weapon and shoplifting.

The court heard that Doyle visited the Poundland shop in Queen Street, Cardiff, on May 4, when a security guard saw him put 32 chocolate bars into a Tesco carrier bag.

Doyle walked out of the shop and was followed by the security guard who tried to detain the defendant, but Doyle shouted "f****** get away or I'll f****** hit you".

With that he pulled out a bicycle chain and threatened the security guard with it.

Doyle was subsequently restrained by two other security guards and was arrested.

In police interview he accepted taking the chocolate bars, worth PS32, as he only had PS2 in his pocket.

The court also heard that Doyle, who had previously been imprisoned for shoplifting and had tried to set fire to the Clink restaurant at Cardiff Prison, was battling a "long-standing" heroin addiction which had led him to commit the offences.

In his sentencing remarks, Judge Neil Bidder QC said: "Heroin addiction has ruined your life.

"You committed a blatant shoplifting offence and, more seriously, threatened a security guard with a chain.

"You didn't swing it and you didn't injure him but there is no other alternative other than an immediate custodial sentence."

Doyle, of Ogmore Road, Caerau, Cardiff, was sentenced to 32 weeks and six days' imprisonment.

Morris Doyle

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 11, 2016
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