Peanut butter burglar back behind bars after breaking curfew
PROLIFIC criminal Luke Goodhall is behind bars just days after being freed by a judge.
The 25-year-old had been put on a nightly curfew by Recorder Stephen Hall on September 14.
But when security staff from G4S turned up to his girlfriend's home in Cheltenham to fit an electronic tag a day later, they found he was already out and breaking the sentence.
Gloucester Crown Court was told he did not turn up for his first probation appointment September 17 either.
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Goodhall, whose past offences included slaughtering a pensioner's pet pigeons during a burglary, was ordered to spend each night between 8pm and 7am at his girlfriend's home in Rose and Crown Passage.
Judge William Hart rescinded the supervision order and jailed Goodhall for 12 months.
The supervision order was clearly unworkable, he said.
At the hearing on September 14, Goodhall had admitted burgling a flat in Winchcombe Street and stealing two coats, sunglasses, spectacles and £3 cash.
He was caught after helping himself to a jar of gherkins and a tub of peanut butter – leaving his fingerprints on the containers.
At yesterday's hearing, Goodhall admitted failing to comply with the conditions of a 24 months community order.
Probation officer Patrick Tracy said: "He was released from custody that day and initially things went well.
"He was given instructions to report to probation officer Terry Cousins on the following Monday and the curfew tag was due to be installed that weekend.
"G4S say they attempted to install the monitoring equipment on Saturday and again on Sunday, but there was no answer at his address."
Sabhia Pathan, in mitigation, said Goodhall did spend the first night at his girlfriend's but then telephoned a former girlfriend, which caused an altercation with the current partner who asked him to leave.
He then went to stay at a friend's in Tewkesbury, which was why he was not at his curfew address when G4S called, she added.