Zimbabwean man jailed for stealing glasses at Specsavers

Sheppard Gandi (37), of no fixed abode, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Friday, where he pleaded guilty to two counts of shoplifting.

Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, told the court that Gandi – originally from Zimbabwe – had gone into Specsavers opticians, in Bridge Street, on December 17, where he stole two pairs of glasses worth £250.He then went across the street to Linen Direct, where he took a pack of dishcloths, worth £4.99.

He was stopped by security guards and in an interview with police he said he was too drunk to remember what he was doing.

The court also heard that Gandi had a large number of convictions, with all his offending caused by his drinking.

Deputy District Judge Nigel Atkinson jailed Gandi for six weeks and said: "You have a dramatic record in a short period of time.

"You clearly have a problem with alcohol, but that is not an excuse for stealing things."