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Ipswich: Prolific thief Kieron Spilling jailed for going shoplifting after leaving court

14:58 10 January 2014

Prolific offender Kieron Spilling who was jailed for shoplifting

Prolific offender Kieron Spilling who was jailed for shoplifting

A notorious thief with 210 offences to his name has been jailed for going shoplifting less than an hour after a court spared him a prison sentence.


Kieron Spilling, 29, of Ipswich, admitted stealing three watches and three sets of headphones worth £55.97 when he appeared before the town’s magistrates.

The items were stolen from Argos in Carr Street, Ipswich, at 12.35pm on Tuesday.

However, during his hearing it emerged that he had been released by Ipswich magistrates on the same afternoon after they extended a previous supervision order.

In that hearing he had pleaded guilty to stealing 10 assorted Lego building kits and two shopping bags worth a total of £220 from WH Smith in Westgate Street last Saturday.

At Spilling’s latest court appearance prosecutor Rosalind Cappleman said after shoplifting from Argos a member of staff stopped him in the street and retrieved the articles. A police officer then arrested Spilling.

The court was told Spilling had 83 previous convictions for 210 offences.

A total of 135 of these were thefts over the past 15 years.

Paul Booty, representing Spilling, said: “There’s no getting away from the fact that Mr Spilling is prolific. He has been a heroin addict for some 10 years.

“He stole from Argos to sell the items because he was cold, depressed, homeless, and on the street. He was going to sell the items to ‘top up’ such was his desperation.

“Having left he court yesterday with hope in his heart he was told by the night shelter ‘you are on the streets’.

“He’s been in the cells overnight so he did find his accommodation somewhat ironically.

Mr Booty added Spilling’s last prison sentence had been one of four weeks in October for shoplifting and theft offences.

Since his release he was given the supervision requirement on December 23 following another court case.

This was extended to January 7, 2015, at his court appearance on Tuesday.

Magistrates heard Spilling had been on methadone, a heroin substitute, for four to five months and for the past month he had been staying in Ipswich’s night shelter as he was homeless.

Mr Booty said: “He left court yesterday afternoon and when he contacted the night shelter they told him the shelter was full.”

However, a probation officer told the court Spilling was not homeless and had been given a flat in Haverhill on December 20, to which he had lost the key.

Despite being given instructions to remain in Haverhill he had returned to Ipswich.

The probation officer said: “I’m at a loss (what to do with him) really. Mr Spilling was given yet another chance and has stolen again.”

Magistrates jailed Spilling for a total of 20 weeks.



  • Blame the drugs, not Spilling. Try to imagine him as he could have been - a happy, successful, fun-loving family man. The difference between that and the hopeless wreck of a human being pictured above comes down to one word. Heroin.

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    PC Plod

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Once someone has turned their noses up at a second chance (never mind 83) to change their ways the most sensible option is euthanasia.

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    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Waste of oxygen.

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    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • When his probation officer makes comments like that, there is no hope for this "waste of oxygen". By the time he comes out, the weather will have warmed up. (Hopefully, his flat in Haverhill can be re-allocated to someone who can make good use of it).

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • I actually used to know him when I was 16. I'm now 30. We pretty much ran in the same circles doing the same types of things. I now run a successful business, am happily married, have a flat (I rent but saving for a deposit IS hard). It just kind of blows my mind a bit really. My life has changed so much since then and his life seems to have stayed on the same bumpy road. It is quite hard to see it. At the end of the day all I'd say is that it comes down to life. The cards you dealt and the bets you make. I played my cards well so far. Unfortunately Kieron has kept playing the same bets on the same losing cards. I do agree with PC Plod though. We ARE a product of our environment. He just happens to not have moved his environment. I saw the manure I was in a moved away from it... but saying that. Roses always grow well with manure... given the right nurture. Oh well. Shoot me down people. I can see light in a darkness that you can't... or maybe I'm a dreamer. Maybe his issues stem from the fact that people have always told him he's worthless... just like you're doing now. Just a thought. Peace.

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    I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • The judge should've done the right thing and sent Mr Spilling to an intensive therapy based rehab for a minimum of six months. Starting with detox, the drug that has led this man to lead a life of desperation to feed a habit WILL kill him in the end. Sending him to prison is a stupid thing to do, as he will start the cycle of addiction again. As for the evil comments; heroin will take anyone. Once addicted, the person is gone as they live only for the next hit, not caring who they hurt - even themselves.

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    Mister Cynical

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • me and keiron grew up in the same childrens home we had the same upbringing its all about choices you make in life i was a bad kid i did do a stretch in jail when i was 16 im now 31 and for the last 14 years ive kept my nose clean people like spilling get chance after chance there is no deterant out there jails aren't hard enough its sometimes a better life inside than what some of these people have on the outside with cuts being made to services such as drug clinics and mental health services what chance is there for people getting help when its needed unfortunately i think in this case there is no chance of help its to much of a lifestyle he has chosen to change

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    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • A really good post "I can't believe it's not budda" and your points are well made. But as you say it is about choices. You made good choices, and gained the benefit. He's made, and continues to make bad choices and should thus be taking the consequences of those choices.

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    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • P C Plod ,,, looking at this hapless moron of a pathetic human being ,I don't think my imagination can go that far ,, Don't blame the drug's , blame this moron ,,

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    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • PC Plod: How can bring a Heroin addict ever be used as mitigation for this pondlife's actions? If anything it should be an additional charge against him. What can the police and Probation service do when the legal system refuses to deal with this waster and others like him. The courts refuse to take appropriate action against them, after the police and Probation services have spent a lot of time and money to bring him before the courts, only to see them get a slap on the wrists and then told not to do it again. Maybe if some of the Judges and Magistrates were burgled by the likes of Spurling they may start to live in the real world and realise this waste of life needs locking up and for some time.

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    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • I find it desperately sad that someone so young & who has so much life ahead of them is on this awful path of life. I take my hat off & applaud the posters here who have made a change for the good, it's so refreshing to hear success stories. You're proof that you can help yourselves & make a change.

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    L S

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

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