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JAILED: Judge blasts serial shoplifter Douglas Frankham

Friday 8th November 2019

A SERIAL shoplifter begged a judge not to send him to jail, despite having more than 40 convictions for 104 offences on his record.

Douglas Frankham, 32, of Hubert Walter Drive, Maidstone, appeared at Maidstone Magistrates Court after stealing nearly £100 worth of groceries from Wilkinson’s on September 24.

The alcoholic told the court he was expecting to be accepted into a rehab facility soon, but the letter proving his claim had mysteriously gone missing after his “house burnt down the other day”.

Defending himself, Frankham said: “If you put me in prison, I will have to start all over again. I’ve done so well; I haven’t been to prison for a year now.

“As an alcoholic, and as dysfunctional as my life is, this will set me back. I will be back on ground zero. None of the offences I have committed have been whilst I’m sober.”

Judge Paul Goldspring said: “Its time you stop blaming others and start taking some responsibility. You have over 40 convictions for 104 offences. Seventy of those have been for dishonesty and shoplifting.

“You have had every single type of sentence out there, suspended sentences, community orders, fines, even prison. Each time you have been given a chance to change but instead you breach and ignore your sentences.

“The law says I should activate the two suspended sentences you have breached and send you to prison. You have lied to me about having rehab arrangements in place and you have tried to pull the wool over my eyes. You can’t comply with anything because you are not motivated to do so.”

In August, Daily Downs Mail reported Frankham, who stole nearly £50 worth coffee from a supermarket, has had a drinking problem for the last 12 to 13 years. The court heard he was a “changed man” and no longer goes on week-long benders.

Frankham pleaded guilty to theft and was jailed for 12 weeks.