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Thief ‘wanted to go to jail'
11:30pm Monday 15th October 2012 in Worcester
A MAN from Worcester who said he wanted to go to prison has avoided immediate punishment providing he stays out of trouble for 12 months.
Fabian Oliver, of Liverpool Road, Ronkswood, received a conditional discharge when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court charged with stealing three bottles of wine from the Co-Operative supermarket on October 8.
Kerry Lovegrove, prosecuting, said police were called to the store to deal with a breach of the peace at about 9.30pm but upon viewing CCTV footage they saw Oliver select three bottles of wine and leave without paying.
“He said he wanted to be arrested as he wanted to go to prison,” she said.
Miss Lovegrove said Oliver drank some wine from one bottle before smashing all three on the ground.
Ruth Edwards, defending, said Oliver “got his wish” when he was arrested at 10pm but there was no prior planning to his actions. “He was not in a good mood and he was railing against the world in that respect.
“He feels prison would be the best place for him to be so he did not want to cause problems for his mum and older sister was that he would get locked up.”
The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge. He was ordered to pay compensation of £12, costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.