Man jailed for theft of gift

A 20-YEAR-old Grafton man was sentenced to three months jail for shoplifting a gift for Mother’s Day when he appeared in Grafton Local yesterday.

Liale O’Delle Mears was charged with shoplifting after he was caught stealing items with his de facto partner in Target on Saturday.

The court heard that Mears stole a jacket, shorts, three baby’s jumpsuits and six drinking glasses valued at $126.86.

Police said Mears and his partner wrapped these items in a jacket in their shopping trolley while they attempted to purchase gift-wrapping paper and a box of chocolates. The pair made no attempt to pay for the items concealed under the jacket.

A store detective detained the couple outside the store and then called police.

At the station Mears denied all knowledge of the events, but his partner made a full admission of both their roles in the thefts.

“I stole the glasses for a Mother’s Day present for my mum,” Mears told arresting police.

“What about the baby items?” arresting police asked.

“We’re a bit short of money at the moment,” Mears said.

While at the station police found Mears was the subject of an outstanding warrant and he was remanded in custody.

The latest offence put Mears in breach of a good-behaviour bond imposed on him in September last year for a similar offence.

“You have a shocking history. This offence puts you in breach of a current section-nine bond,” the magistrate said.

“You were observed in the Target store with your partner, and this was quite clearly a quasi-planned activity.”

Mears was sentenced to three months jail to be served from May 8. He was also sentenced to three months for the breach of bond.

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