'Worst two weeks of his life' for teen who stole £170 of cider
A Shepton Mallet teenager who burgled a drinks factory with two other youths has been sentenced to a community order after being remanded in prison over Christmas.
South Somerset and Mendip Magistrates were told that Andrew John Davis had re-evaluated his life after spending the "worst two weeks of his life" behind bars and was now desperate to change his life.
"He was horrified to see what had happened to other people who had been in prison and the effect upon him has been drastic," said the defending solicitor John Killah.
Davis, 18, of Hillmead, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to a charge of burglary, jointly with two others, at Brothers Drinks Limited in Shepton Mallet between September 20 and 23. He also admitted failing to surrender to bail on November 30.
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Prosecutor Gordon Richings said that a burglary occurred at the bottling plant of the premises of Brothers Drinks Ltd on the Anglo trading estate.
"An aluminium keg was used to smash a pane of glass in a door and all the defendants gained entry and stole a quantity of strawberry and pear cider worth £170," he said.
"Entry was gained to the premises by cutting a chain link fence near the town's air swimming pool in Shepton Mallet and the cost of the damage was estimated at £200."
Mr Killah said that Davis had learned a great deal from his first experience in custody and it had caused him to rethink his lifestyle.
"He missed the birth of his nephew and Christmas while on remand and it has been a severe shock for him," he said.
He has suddenly realised now that he is 18 and has to take responsibility for himself and has to start being an adult and is now desperate to find some work."
The magistrates sentenced Davis to a 12 month community order with requirements for supervision and to carry out 80 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £110 compensation for the cider and damage but no costs were imposed.