A MAN battling drug and alcohol problems has been granted his wish to be sent to prison.
James Anthony Thomason, 30, formerly of Spa Road, Atherton, was sentenced to eight months in prison for three counts of shoplifting, assault with intent to resist arrest and a charge of obstructing/resisting a constable in the execution of duty.
The assault charge arose from an incident in which a security guard at the Lidl supermarket store had tried to stop Thomason from leaving the store following observation of him stealing the items.
He had grabbed the security guard by the neck after a stuggle between the two, Alan Bakker, prosecuting, told Wigan Magistrates’ Court. Thomason pleaded guilty to all the offences.
Colin Rawson, defending, said: “He has drug and alcohol problems and together with his homeless status, feels a prison sentence would be beneficial. A non-custodial sentence would not be worthwhile as he would more than likely not attend any community hours.”