Teenager risked prison to satisfy friend's hunger
A TEENAGER narrowly avoided going to jail after pinching two chicken sandwiches worth less than £5.
Jordan Gullick swiped the items from Greggs in The Horsefair on December 28 because his friend was hungry.
But the 19-year-old was already on a 12 month suspended prison sentence for an affray he committed last year.
At Bristol Magistrates' Court Gulick, of Wade Street, city centre admitted the theft.
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Maxine Twynam, defending, said Gullick had a chaotic upbringing and was immature but had no problems with drugs or alcohol and was making positive steps in his life.
"He knows it was a foolish and immature mistake," she said.
"He realises what the consequences are but at that moment perhaps did not engage his brain."
Miss Twynam argued that given his progress Gullick would benefit from "one more chance".
Magistrates told him: "A suspended sentence is a last chance and virtually always they are activated but we feel for shop lifting it is not just that we send you to prison.
"The next time you come to court you need to pack a bag."
Gullick was handed a 12 month community order with 60 hours unpaid work and the length of his suspended sentence term was increased by one month.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60 as well as £4.40 compensation to Greggs.