A Horncastle man, who committed a series of thefts and burglaries in the town to buy alcohol, has been warned he risks going to prison if he doesn’t improve his ways.
Jonathan Doyle, 25, of Maltby Way, had admitted to the attempted theft of alcohol from Tesco on August 7 last year, entering the rear yard at Tesco with intent to steal on October 7, burglary with intent to steal at Boston Road Service Station on February 22 , theft of copper wiring from Banovallum School in Boston Road on February 5 and another burglary at Tesco with intent to steal on October 6, all in 2013.
He was appearing for sentence before District Judge John Stobart at Skegness Magistrates Court.
Mitigating, Andrea Wilkes said that Doyle had been in a long term relationship which had broken down and he had had to live with different relatives in the Lincoln and Horncastle area.
She said he had mental health issues and had been drinking heavily and the thefts had been committed to buy alcohol.
Ms Wilkes said that in the past six months, Doyle had cut back on his drinking and on self-harming and had also regained contact with his children.
The judge told Doyle he was impressed with the change he had made in his circumstances and imposed a 12 month community order with supervision and ordered him to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work for the community.
He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation each to Banovallum School and to the garage.
He was also ordered to pay £40 towards the costs.
However, he advised Doyle to ‘watch your behaviour in the future’.
“This is probably the last time a court will say ‘What is the best for Jonathan Doyle’ and instead ask ‘What is the best for everyone else’ and that answer is to lock him up and give everyone else a rest,” he warned him.