Drunk jailed for a year for stealing charity tin - Luton

03/12/2012

A town drunk, who tried to grab a charity collection tin from a sandwich bar in Park Street, Luton, was jailed for a year today.

Stuart BATTAMS, 40, was a known nuisance in and around the Park Street area.

He would often be drunk as he demanded money from people.

But Luton Crown Court heard how, on 06 May this year, Battams sunk to a new low when  he turned up at the sandwich bar in Park Street and tried to make off with the charity tin, which was behind the counter.

Battams, of Bradley Road, Luton, was unsuccessful, but it led to his arrest.

Today, Monday, 03 December 2012, he appeared in custody for sentence after admitting an offence of attempted burglary and three further offences of failing to turn up for court hearings.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Kay told Battams that he had tried to grab a poppy appeal collection tin from the sandwich bar.  The judge went on:  "It's about as despicable as you can get to steal that money to use on alcohol."

Judge Kay added:  "It is the sort of offence which makes people angry."

He said the tin contained around £60 and had been donated by members of the public to "remember and assist" those who had acted bravely.

The judge said he recognised that Battams had suffered from chronic alcoholism and, in the past, his life had been blighted by substance abuse.

As a result, he had notched up numerous convictions.

Judge Kay jailed him for a total of one year.

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