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Man caught stealing from Solihull stores 'to buy food.'

A ZIMBABWE national who was refused asylum has been jailed for stealing over £100 worth of clothes from Solihull stores.

A ZIMBABWE national who was refused asylum has been jailed for stealing over £100 worth of clothes from Solihull stores.

Julius Shingirai, who is not able to work legally in the UK or claim benefits, stole the stock to buy food, Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday.

The 34-year-old was arrested on October 5 after he took clothing from TK Maxx, River Island and GAP in Solihull.

The defendant, of Station Road, Stetchford, was also found with a foil lined carrier bag, which he admitted to police would be used to stop store security alarms from going off, prosecutor Fiona Davis told the court.

His solicitor, Sam Christopher said: “My client has been in the country for 12 years but he was refused asylum status, meaning he is not legally entitled to work or claim benefits. He relies on family and friends and charities for support.”

He pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and going equipped to steal. He was sent to prison for 10 weeks.

 

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