Man jailed for assault and thefts

PUBLISHED: 17:25 22 May 2012

An Exmouth man has been jailed for a string of offences – including assault, abusing staff in a travel agents and a number of thefts.

Leonardo Gonzalez, 43, of Albion Hill, was sentenced at Exeter Magistrates’ Court, having previously pleaded guilty to six offences, and admitted one further offence of theft.

The court heard the assault took place on March 9 in Exeter, when Gonzalez approached a man he believed owed him £20 as he left his accommodation at Gabriel House.

Gonzalez grabbed the man by the throat and pinned him against a wall, demanding the money, before his victim was rescued by Gabriel House staff.

His victim was not injured, but when interviewed said he had been very distressed by what he described as an “evil act”.

Among Gonzalez’s other offences was a public order offence committed on March 15, when he went into Thomson travel agents in the Magnolia Centre – a shop that he had previously been banned from.

When he was told by a staff member that he could not be served, he became aggressive, shouting and swearing at staff.

The staff member later told police she had been scared for her colleagues and members of the public.

Gonzalez’s other offences were thefts of toiletries from the Co-op and Tesco, failing to surrender to bail, and breach of a conditional discharge given to him in February for two previous thefts and possession of a class B drug.

In mitigation, the court was told that Gonzalez had a long-standing drug habit, which he was taking steps to deal with, and that he had committed the thefts to help fund it.

Magistrates sentenced Gonzalez to 16 weeks’ imprisonment for the assault, one week in prison for the bail offence, to be served consecutively, and four sentences of one week in prison for the four thefts, to be served concurrently.

This means Gonzalez will spend 17 weeks in jail – including the 12 days he had already spent in custody.

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