Yorkshire news B&M shoplifter stuffs 16 airfreshners into bag then punches worker MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Jonathan Nicholson was shoplifting air fresheners, alcohol and chocolate to fund a heroin addiction
Breaking News ! A violent thief punched a member of staff on the forehead in a bargain store in Normanton. Jonathan Nicholson attacked the victim in B&M after he tried to get him out of the store. The 32-year-old, of Windermere Drive, Knottingley, was jailed for a year today (Thursday) after pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity to assault by beating, two counts of shoplifting and failure to surrender. Prosecutor Anna Bond said Nicholson was subject to a suspended sentence when he committed the offences on December 4 last year. The victim spotted Nicholson putting 16 Air Wick 3volution air fresheners worth a total of £96.84 into a plastic bag and challenged him, but he made off. Two hours later, Nicholson returned to the store and "squared up" to members of staff. Get free West Yorkshire court updates straight to your inbox Sign up to our free newsletter to receive the latest news from the courts in West Yorkshire. It takes just seconds to sign up - just click on this link, enter your email address and follow the instructions. If you change your mind you can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. He became aggressive and grabbed two bottles of whiskey and a box of chocolate worth a total of £74.83.
.. Leeds Crown Court heard the victim approached him, took hold of him and tried to close the front door but Nicholson opened it and punched the man on the forehead. The man activated his personal attack alarm and police officers went to the store.
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Ms Bond said Nicholson was also aggressive and threatening to the police. The alcohol and chocolate was recovered. Nicholson made no comment in his police interview. Enter your postcode to see crimes reported in your area
Previous convictions and mitigation Nicholson has 16 previous convictions for 33 offences, such as theft and violence, including an unprovoked section 20 assault on a customer when he was a barman in Vegas bar in Wakefield city centre. The court heard he struck a man with a glass and also picked up a pool ball to attack the victim again. Gareth Henderson-Moore, mitigating, said his client has paranoid schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. He described his client as vulnerable and said he had tried to take his own life by overdosing on heroin and became addicted to the drug. He said Nicholson was shoplifting to fund his addiction and is remorseful for his actions.
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