Thief is chased by pregnant women's class

Oxford Mail: Oxford Magistrates' Court Oxford Magistrates' Court

A HOMELESS thief was chased off by pregnant women from an antenatal class.

Robert Pine, of Oxford Homeless Pathways in Luther Street, had sneaked into an antenatal class being held at the West Oxford Community Centre on December 11 and stole two purses.

The class had been taking a tea break and Pine was caught going through the expectant mums’ belongings and was chased off by members of the class.

He admitted nine counts of theft and one count of failing to surrender to custody yesterday at Oxford Magistrates’ Court.

Sarah Mackay, prosecuting, said the 29-year-old carried out most of the offences at off licences and convenience stores around Oxford between September last year and February this year.

Miss Mackay said Pine was addicted to Class A drugs, used £10 worth of heroin a day, and had stolen to fund his habit.

District Judge Tim Pattinson said he had no choice but to send the defendant to prison and noted he has 74 previous convictions for theft.

He said: “I have to remember that these were victims who would be caused an immense amount of distress by what you did.”

Pine received a 12-week prison sentence.

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10:09am Fri 11 Apr 14

CowleyBoy says...

He must have been desperate. It's a brave man who gets on the wrong side of a big group of pregnant hormonal women.
He must have been desperate. It's a brave man who gets on the wrong side of a big group of pregnant hormonal women. CowleyBoy
  • Score: 5

5:12pm Fri 11 Apr 14

H.J.Harris says...

Twelve weeks ? what a sick joke of a sentence.
Twelve weeks ? what a sick joke of a sentence. H.J.Harris
  • Score: 3

7:49pm Fri 11 Apr 14

DoctorBob says...

3 months in jail for petty theft sounds about right. He might also have got a DTTO but wasn't reported.
3 months in jail for petty theft sounds about right. He might also have got a DTTO but wasn't reported. DoctorBob
  • Score: 0

8:22pm Fri 11 Apr 14

my,say says...

12 weeks, This will really stop him doing it again, NOT. Courts are a waste of time.
12 weeks, This will really stop him doing it again, NOT. Courts are a waste of time. my,say
  • Score: 2

8:27pm Fri 11 Apr 14

H.J.Harris says...

I still think 12 weeks is low bearing in mind 74 previous convictions for theft and failing to surrender to custody.
I still think 12 weeks is low bearing in mind 74 previous convictions for theft and failing to surrender to custody. H.J.Harris
  • Score: 3

8:49pm Fri 11 Apr 14

JanetJ says...

12 weeks? so he will actually do 6!
12 weeks? so he will actually do 6! JanetJ
  • Score: 3

10:44am Sat 12 Apr 14

pandapops says...

12 weeks!! pathetic, 74 offences that you know of! this guy burgled my Dads house and there was not evidence to convict! even tho the he was grassed up by an accomplice! Get it right OM his name is PYNE..
12 weeks!! pathetic, 74 offences that you know of! this guy burgled my Dads house and there was not evidence to convict! even tho the he was grassed up by an accomplice! Get it right OM his name is PYNE.. pandapops
  • Score: 1

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