A prolific shoplifter who threatened to stab a policewoman after stealing whisky from his local ASDA supermarket was blasted by a chief magistrate this afternoon.
Pedro Carlitos, of Wood Lane, Isleworth, attended Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court today (November 15) after threatening a policewoman and another member of the public with a 10-centimetre-long screw.
The father-of-one, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place and one count of theft from a shop.
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The court heard how on the morning of November 13, Carlitos attempted to steal a bottle of whisky worth £20 from the ASDA supermarket on Twickenham Road, Isleworth.
Police officers were called to the scene, where they were told that Carlitos is a regular shoplifter who had stolen the whisky and attempted to run away from members of staff.
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A policewoman, PC Phillips, tried to grab his hand, when he threatened her, yelling: “Get off me.”
He then proceeded to run out of the store, attempting to escape from officers on foot.
“I will stab you if you don’t move,” he allegedly told police officers as he was being detained.
He was dealt a suspended prison sentence earlier this year for possession of Class A drugs and has long-term problems with drug abuse, the court heard. He has also previously spent time in jail for other offences.
In mitigation, defence lawyer Miss White said that the defendant will likely soon need to have his left leg amputated due to severe gangrene, which stems largely from a long history of drug abuse.
She admitted that Carlitos has “an appalling history of re-offending”, and that he found being in custody “extremely difficult” previously, and asked for alternative methods of punishment to be considered.
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Chairwoman of the bench Evadne Cookman blasted Carlitos, telling him: “You have got an unenviable past. It’s like a revolving door – you keep coming back to this court.
“You are 37 years old, you are not doing very well for yourself. You say you have got a four-year-old daughter, what kind of example is this to set to her?
“You need to really want to change what you are doing. You really are continuing to get in trouble all the time.
“Today is the day that you must say to yourself ‘I am going to change and I mean it’.
“Quite frankly, looking at your criminal record, it is out of order. You are on your very last chance.”
He was released on a conditional bail with the requirement of curfew and engaging with probation services.
Although he will not go to jail, he will appear to be sentenced on December 7 at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court after probation services have time to draft up their reports.
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