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Man on early prison release stole Cancer Research charity box

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 27, 2014

A MAN on early release from prison stole a cancer charity's collection box.

Aaron Walton took the cardboard collection box which was on the customer service till at Tesco in Fforestfach when he was shopping there in the early hours.

The box, which was recovered, contained just over £10 which had been given by customers to Cancer Research.

Walton, from Tyn y Lon in Llanrhystud near Aberystwyth, admitted the offence.

Prosecutor Linda Baker said he was in the store buying goods, before going over to the unattended desk where CCTV recorded him putting the box in his pocket. He left the store, but was stopped outside. He admitted the offence.

Craig Harding, for Walton, said his client was on early release from a 55 month jail term when he committed this offence.

He has since also been sentenced for possessing heroin, but the licence was not revoked and he was "given a chance" and he was not recalled to prison because he had been working well with probation.

But District Judge Richard Williams said: "What are the public to make of all this? A man who finds himself in possession of heroin is given a chance and in the mean time he has gone out and taken a charity box."

The judge said stealing the charity money was a "hallmark" of someone reverting back to offending.

He made Walton subject to a 56 day sentence, suspended for 12 months.

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