Chesterfield thief given a chance to change his ways

Court hearing.
Court hearing.

A thief was narrowly spared from jail after he was given a suspended custodial sentence.

Chesterfield magistrates court heard on Monday, December 15, how Andrew Firman, 52, of Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, stole five DVDs from a BHS store while he was subject to a community order for other thefts.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Mr Firman was seen picking up a number of DVDs and he walked out without paying. He told police he intended to steal the DVDs and sell them as he and his wife needed money.”

The court heard how Firman had already received a community order in November after he appeared at court in relation to shop thefts. Firman pleaded guilty to stealing the DVDs from BHS which happened on Saturday, December 13.

Defence solicitor Kirsty Sergeant said: “He has been attending community order appointments and this order had a Thinking Skills Programme which was to start in January. It was to help him deal with a lack of money, to avoid committing thefts and to reduce his problems with legal highs.”

She said Firman had not intended to steal anything until he was in the store but then decided to have “one last blow out on legal highs” before committing himself to the Thinking Skills Programme.

Magistrates revoked Firman’s community order and sentenced him to six weeks’ custody suspended for 12 months with supervision and a Thinking Skills Programme. He must also pay an £85 victim surcharge.