Sheffield Crown Court LIVE: All the latest on cases heard today

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Sheffield Crown Court LIVE: All the latest on cases heard in the city today

Last updated: Thursday, 27 August, 2020, 16:34

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New case: Darren Eddison, 54, of Bignor Road, Birley Carr, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to theft and threatening a person with a blade in public.

Prosecutor Ian Goldsack said the incident happened at Asda in Woodhouse, on July 21.

Eddison removed the security tags from two bottles of whisky, worth £50, but when he was approached by staff he produced a small folding knife.

He went to the travelator followed by staff, who kept their distance, and was able to make good his escape.

"The defendant was known to staff as a prolific shoplifter and he has been barred from the store," Mr Goldsack added.

"No one was seriously alarmed or distressed. It didn't provoke serious disorder."

When Eddison was traced and interviewed by police he initially claimed he was only pretending to have a knife.

The court heard he was jailed for robbery in 2006 and 2014, and in 2019 he was locked up for two counts of theft and possessing a blade.

Sean Fritchley, mitigating, said Eddison had "years of drug and alcohol issues and clearly he was stealing because of that."

"His mental health was affected by lockdown. His father is ill and he fears he will lose him while in prison," Mr Fritchley added.

Judge Roger Thomas QC told him: "It's said you found the lockdown difficult. It may be you were drinking too much.

"Presumably you will dry out during this sentence and it will give you the chance to settle down and look after your elderly parent."

He sentenced him to 12 months in prison.

New case: Jamie Corbett, 39, of Wike Gate Road, Thorne, Doncaster, pleaded guilty to threatening a person with a blade in public and theft.

Prosecutor Holly Clegg said the incidents happened at two supermarkets in Thorne: at Lidl, on October 1, last year, and at the Co-Op, on January 12, this year.

Corbett tussled with an off-duty female shop worker when he tried to steal a basket of items from Lidl.

He pulled a small blade attached to a credit card and lunged at the woman, swinging the blade at her face, but she managed to push him away.  

In January, Corbett was chased by two brothers after he tried to steal items. When they tried to get the basket off him he pulled out a knife with a small blade.

He ran off and threw the blade away, but said: "I have got another. You know exactly what I mean."

He was detained by a different member of the public.

The court heard he has 23 convictions for 45 offences, including theft and offences against the person.

Andrew Smith, mitigating, said he has already served the equivalent of a 15 month sentence.

"He knows the sentences are unpleasant," he said.

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