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Violent shoplifter James Edwards cheats jail

Friday 19th August 2016

A shoplifter who assaulted a store employee has escaped jail.

James Edwards was sentenced on 9 August 2016 at Mid Kent Magistrates’ Court.

Edwards, 23, pleaded guilty to shoplifting and not guilty to common assault, but was convicted of the offence by magistrates.

On 27 April 2016 edwards, of Hampshire Drive, Maidstone, stole alcohol and food worth £37.22 and assaulted a woman at a shop in Loose Road, Maidstone.

Magistrates sentenced Edwards to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered him to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work in the next 12 months. He must also pay £200 compensation and £150 costs.