GBH shoplifter spared prison

Connor Prescot
Connor Prescot

A WIGAN shoplifter fleeing from security guards knocked over a pensioner breaking her arm, a court heard.

Connor Prescott did not stop to help his victim lying in agony and continued his flight from the store but then mistimed it and ran into the door.

Still desperate to escape he turned back and even jumped over 69-year-old Alice Coates in his efforts to evade security staff. Despite his struggles Prescott was eventually detained until the police arrived.

Imposing a suspended prison sentence, after Prescott admitted GBH, a judge told him: “You may well hang your head in shame. You are only 19 and have an unimpressive history of criminal misconduct already.”

Liverpool Crown Court Recorder Tim Edge said that jobless Prescott, of Laxey Crescent, Leigh, had been thinking purely of his interests and had been reckless as to other people after he was caught steeling meat with two other men from the Lidl store in Derby Street, Leigh.

He sentenced him to 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for a year and ordered him to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work. He also imposed a two-month electronically monitored curfew between 7pm and 7am and ordered him to attend 40 days’ specified activities with the probation service.

The court heard that the incident had seriously impacted on Mrs Coates and her husband who had been shopping with her. She was left needing help with everyday tasks including dressing and chores and her sleep was affected. The couple had to hire a cleaner and a gardener which impacted on their finances, said Miss Holt.

Mark Ferguson, defending, said it had been an unsophisticated offence and he was genuinely remorseful. The incident has potentially turned his life around and he is anxious to change, he added.