A drunkard broke into his ex’s house and pocketed Â£ 200 in his purse.
Bobby Thomas, 30, also stole the woman’s passport after breaking into the former marital home. The woman managed to retrieve the identity document and the police later found it near the house.
Oxford Crown Court learned on Wednesday that the Sutton Courtenay man was out on bail and intoxicated when he committed the theft on October 3. He had previously pleaded guilty to harassing his ex-partner.
Judge Ian Pringle QC said he would take a “pretty unusual course” and impose parole, meaning that unless he got into further trouble Thomas would not be punished for the offense.
He told Thomas, who appeared via video link from HMP Bristol remand center: “I am doing this because I want you to understand that we are hoping to get the order which is imposed with the processing requirement. alcoholism and all the things that you have to do under that order of the magistrates, you understand that this is your last chance and that you have to pull yourself together.
Wiping his eyes on his sweater sleeves, Thomas said, “I already know that.”
Mitigating, Kellie Enever had told Judge Pringle that his client had warehouse work ready for him upon his release.
Having struggled with heavy drinking in the past, he was committed to staying alcohol-free and raising the four children he shared with his ex-partner.
Thomas, of Willow Pike, Sutton Courtenay, pleaded guilty to another count of theft. A formal verdict of not guilty was entered by the judge for an alleged burglary.
He will be sentenced by Oxford Magistrates’ Court early next year for harassing his ex-partner.
A story for us? Send us your news and photos here
List a free event on our site here