A drug addict with more than 70 convictions of theft has been jailed once again for a string of new offences – including racially abusing two Lithuanian women.
Former fisherman Sam Sandish, 30, of Common Road, Wiggenhall St Mary, was jailed for 24 weeks by Lynn magistrates on Tuesday.
He had previously admitted his fifth breach of a restraining order, imposed following a brutal assault on his partner last year, and two counts of theft.
He also admitted racially aggravated threatening behaviour after a racial slur against two women – in the presence of an off-duty police community support officer.
Susanna Chowdhury, prosecuting, said a week after his latest release from custody on September 13, Sandish started swearing at two Eastern European women.
They had stopped to stroke a dog being walked by an off-duty PCSO in Harding’s Way, Lynn, at about 9pm on September 20, when Sandish walked by.
He repeatedly swore, and told them: “You’re in England, you should speak English.”
He also called them “foreigners” and added: “You come over here and take all our jobs, you should all go home.”
Ten days later he was spotted by a police officer in Lynn’s High Street with his partner and arrested for breaching the restraining order.
Miss Chowdhury said Sandish was also identified from CCTV stealing food worth £25.78 from Tesco in Wootton Road, Lynn, on October 2, and a socket set worth £140 from Hayley East Anglia, Lynn, on October 4.
Neil Meacham, for Sandish, said he racially abused the two women as he had been having difficulty getting a job or benefits that day and was “venting his frustration”.
He also said Sandish was finding it difficult to abide by the restraining order as his partner wanted to get back together with him, and she was contacting him regarding their four-year-old son.
He said: “On this occasion he had foolishly agreed to meet her as he had missed his son’s birthday while he was in prison.
“They were walking down the High Street happy as Larry when they were spotted together.”
Magistrates jailed Sandish for 16 weeks for breaching the restraining order and four weeks for each theft, to run consecutively.
He was also given eight weeks in custody for the racially aggravated threatening behaviour, to run concurrently, making 24 weeks in total, although he has already served five weeks while on remand.