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Thurso thief with 'shocking' record jailed

By Court Reporter

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A Thurso man with a record a sheriff described as 'shocking' has been jailed for eight months.

John Woods (33) appeared from custody and pleaded guilty to a charge of theft. He also admitted breaching a bail condition.

The accused entered an insecure house in Gerry Square, Thurso, on January 8 and left with a phone, a computer tablet and a games console.

Wick Sheriff Court was told on Tuesday that Woods had been seen in the vicinity, and police who searched his home in Henderson Street, Thurso, on January 14, discovered the phone and the tablet but the console was not recovered.

Solicitor Natalie Paterson said that Woods was trying to address health issues and appealed to Sheriff Andrew Berry to restrict what she anticipated would be a custodial sentence.

Sheriff Berry said it was clear that such a sentence was the only one to be imposed given Woods' 'shocking' record of dishonesty and failure to comply with court orders, and added that he would have been fully justified in increasing the jail term.

Woods was said to be intending to relocate to Fraserburgh after he is freed. His sentence was backdated to January 19 when he was arrested.

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