Pot Noodles put criminal in prison

Humble was jailed for pinching Pot Noodles. It's not known if they were beef and tomato.

Humble was jailed for pinching Pot Noodles. It's not known if they were beef and tomato.

A known nuisance has been jailed after pinching Pot Noodles from a Scarborough supermarket.

Butane gas addict David Humble stole three pots of the student favourite from Sainsbury’s, off Falsgrave Road, on March 13.

However, he was collared by store security as he tried to flee, and the shackled 22-year-old hauled before a judge at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court the next morning.

But while stealing the snacks wouldn’t usually result in a custodial sentence, the noodle theft, along with some stolen Matalan DVDs in February, triggered a 
suspended sentence.

The court heard how the North Marine Road benefit claimant had already racked up 25 convictions, despite his young age.

It also heard how his incarceration had further compounded what has been a miserable year for Humble, having started 2014 in hospital following an explosion at his home.

Humble spent five weeks in intensive care in Wakefield after the “serious incident” on January 2, which left him covered in burns.

The court heard how Humble had struggled with a reliance on butane, and although he had made inroads into conquering his addition, had relapsed following the accident at the start of the year – and had turned to the deadly substance to cope.

It also heard how he had been found housing by Scarborough Council, due to the fact he was unable to live in Whitby with his parents.

In mitigation, it was said that he had health woes, suffering from depression and epilepsy.

And his solicitor said it would be “unjust” to jail him for the food thefts, claiming that he needed the processed food to eat with his medication.

And he added: “I don’t feel it’s all negative from his point of view.

“He’s desperate to move on with his life.”

However, District Judge Adrian Lower said he had to jail him due to the breach.

“You are a young man of 22, with 25 previous convictions on your record, which tells its own story,” said Judge Lower.

Humble, who bowed his head as he was jailed, was handed two weeks each for both store thefts, on top of 12 weeks for breaching the suspended sentence.

He will serve eight weeks before his release.


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