Sheffield yob branded ‘complete pest’ to his community

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A TEENAGE thug who repeatedly targeted a Sheffield shopkeeper committing a catalogue of crimes against him has been locked up.

Callum Stuart, aged 18, smashed a window and door at Dyches Hall Convenience store in Wadsley, stole gloves, and intimidated and assaulted manager Antony Sepamalai, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Judge Michael Hubbard QC sent Stuart to a young offenders institution for nine months.

He told him said: “There comes a time when someone is going to throw the book at you and this court would be justified in sending you away for a very long time.

“You have been a complete pest to your family and to the community and you have had chance after chance.

“You have crossed the line and I have no option but to send you into custody.

“It seems to me the least sentence I can impose is nine months, and that, young man, is probably far too little.”

Chris Neale, prosecuting, said Stuart smashed a window at the store causing £500 worth of damage.

On another occasion he put a £3 pair of gloves down his trousers before paying for another pair and leaving.

He also threw a bottle at the door, shattering the glass, costing £700 to replace.

Stuart was finally arrested on suspicion of stealing the gloves but released on bail.

Mr Neale said Stuart went to the store to confront Mr Sepamalai and ask him why he had called the police.

Mr Neale said: “He walked past the store making a gun shape with his hand and hit the side of a car with an object leaving a deep hollow in the side of the vehicle. Mr Sepamalai has had enough. He doesn’t want the defendant anywhere near his shop. He feels threatened and concerned for his wife and the defendant has intimidated customers who won’t come in.”

Stuart, of Prescott Road, Wadsley, admitted three charges of criminal damage, intimidating a witness, battery and theft.

Kevin Jones, defending, said Stuart’s offending was down to ‘immaturity, drinking and drug taking’.