A TEENAGER with drug debts taunted magistrates who sentenced him to eight months in a young offender institution by boasting: “Easy. I can do that standing on my head.”
Brendon Holland, 18, of James Court, James Street, Burton, had been detained in custody following his arrest and appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court via live video link.
He pleaded guilty to stealing meat from Sainsbury’s on February 24, and spitting on the windscreen of a police car.
He also admitted stealing a Samsung tablet valued at £100 from Cash Converters in Burton on March 6, an iLuv docking station worth £19.99 from B&M Bargains and a Lady Bug docking station worth £29.99 from Home Bargains on March 10.
Moments before the video link ended, Holland asked magistrates to clarify how long he would serve and bragged: “Eight months? I can do that standing on my head.”
An onlooker said: “It was a blatant disregard for the judicial system. It was like he was putting up two fingers to the courts.
“It seemed as though he was almost mocking the magistrates who had sentenced him.
“The Bench seemed pretty unimpressed but took no further action”.
Pardeep Kalyan, defending Holland, said: “His motive for the thefts was in relation to his problem with drugs.
“He did not steal to buy drugs, but to pay debts that he owed.
“He says he is addicted to cannabis and Black Mamba. Demands were made before he was paid his jobseeker’s allowance and he feared reprisal.”
He said Holland had a tough childhood, with his mother dying following a heroin overdose when he was just 18 months old.
He was brought up by a cousin, who he referred to as ‘mum’ and was willing to allow him to live with her should he be released.
But magistrates said they had taken Holland’s breach of bail conditions following previous convictions into account and sentenced him to four months in a young offenders’ institution for the theft from Sainsbury’s and one month for spitting on the police car, which he will serve concurrently.
He was also given four months for each of the further three thefts from Cash Converters, B&M Bargains and Home Bargains, which he will also serve concurrently.
In total, he will serve eight months.
There was no order for compensation or costs.