Last chance for PS3 thief

A SHOPLIFTER escaped prison when he was given a last chance to turn his life around.

Michael Keane, 29, of Clare Road, Halifax, was spotted by an off-duty security guard taking a PS3 games console from Asda on January 25.

In March 2010 he was given an eight-month sentence suspended for 18 months after going into his ex-wife’s home and taking some of her belongings. An argument broke out between the pair and Keane pinned her to the stairs. He was charged with burglary and battery.

Niall Carlin, representing Keane, said he had admitted stealing the games console. “He had put forward an explanation, which he knows is not an excuse, that he took it to pay for his drug habit,” he said.

He told Bradford Crown Court Keane had successfully completed the 150 hours of unpaid work and an extra 20 for not complying with the order.

“Michael Keane has an unfortunate list of convictions. He has never been in custody before and it’s accepted this is his second breach of an order.”

Recorder James Barnett said: “You keep coming back to court and every time you come back you manage to persuade the magistrate or judge not to lock you up.

“I have no doubt that custody is what you richly deserve. There’s one factor that your counsel has managed to broach that is very powerful, you have managed to complete your community order. I think for a man who has your addiction in the past to hard drugs that’s a substantial achievement. That tells me you’re trying to put this behind you.

“I am going to give you one last chance. I think custody could be counterproductive.

“Please don’t let me down,” he pleaded.