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Burton shoplifter assaults manager while with son

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 10, 2014

By Helen Kreft

A 23-YEAR-OLD assaulted a shop manager who accused him of stealing vodka – as his son looked on from a pushchair.

Mohammed Khan, of Thornley Street, Burton, bent Lavinia Dolman's fingers back as she placed them on the pushchair to prevent him from leaving the store, Burton Magistrates' Court was told.

Khan admitted the assault on the first day of his trial and also pleaded guilty to stealing £98 of vodka from B&M Bargains, in Burton.

The court heard that on March 27, Ms Dolman was told a man had stolen vodka and walked out of the shop, which was confirmed by CCTV.

Khan was not apprehended until he walked back into the store on May 9.

Sam Frazer, prosecuting, said: "Lavinia Dolman saw the defendant walk in with a pushchair. She explained to him she wanted to discuss the previous theft. He said he wanted to pass his child to his mother outside. However, the manager placed her hands on the bar of the pushchair. He told her again he wanted to pass his son to his mother and told her to take her hands off the bar. He then bent her fingers back from the bar, causing immediate pain."

Probation read out a report on Khan, saying there was no motivation for his shoplifting and describing it as a 'spur of the moment'.

With regards to the assault, he said he felt quite embarrassed being stopped by the manager and wanted to take his son outside.

He said he had no intention of injuring her but felt concerned for his son's safety as the pushchair was being rocked.

The report added Khan had been a previous user of cannabis for six years and that his son was in his care at the time of the offences.

Neil O'Driscoll, defending, said Khan had become a bit anxious when the manager would not let go of the pushchair, but said: "She did not have visible injuries and she did not need to go to hospital."

Khan was given a 12-month community order, which includes the Thinking Skills programme, with 120 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay £98 compensation for the vodka, £50 compensation to Lavinia Dolman, £200 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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