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Thief back behind bars after a week of freedom

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

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A SERIAL offender has been jailed just a week after completing his last stint behind bars.

Dean Bayliss’ seven days of freedom were brought to an end after he was caught stealing from Burton’s Asda store in Orchard Street.

Bayliss, 30, of no fixed address, but formerly of Tutbury, who was said to have an ‘unenviable’ criminal record, had only completed a four-month sentence on February 15, but quickly returned to his old habits.

He was sent back to jail for six weeks after pleading guilty to stealing three bottles of whiskey as well as going into the store equipped with a foil-lined bag, commonly used by shoplifters.

Burton Magistrates’ Court heard Bayliss’ account that he had stolen the items in a desperate attempt to get some money.

Alka Marsden, prosecuting, told magistrates that Bayliss felt he had no option but to steal as he had nowhere to live.

She said: “He has an unenviable record of similar matters and was recently sentenced to a four-month custodial sentence.”

Bayliss was spotted on CCTV placing the items into the bag before being stopped by security staff.

Ms Marsden added: “He said he had no money to pay for the items and that he was going to sell the items to get some money as he had nowhere to live. Obviously it was pre-meditated as he had taken the foil-lined bag with him to do it.”

Michael Taylor, defending, told magistrates that the latest offences weren’t as serious as others that had previously seen him hauled before the courts, such as burglary.

Addressing the magistrates, Mr Taylor said: “He was released last Friday and your first thought no doubt will be to consider imposing another custodial sentence.

“But the last matters included commercial burglary, and this is not quite as serious, it seems to me, as those he was previously sentenced for.”

However magistrates took the decision to put him back behind bars for six weeks.

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