A young thief who whinged that he could not go to prison because he is a ‘fussy eater’ today had his sentence slashed by appeal judges.
Unemployed dad-of-one Patrick Fairley, 20, burst into tears when told he might be jailed, saying it was impossible because he would not like the food.
But Fairley, from North Shields, was locked up for six months at Newcastle Crown Court in March after pleading guilty to theft.
Today, he appealed and had the sentence cut to 16 weeks by top judges, Lord Justice Davis, Mr Justice Treacy and Judge Peter Collier QC.
His barrister, Nicholas Peacock, told the Court of Appeal that ‘incredibly naive’ Fairley had immediately become very upset when told he might go down.
‘When I spoke to Mr Fairley and informed him of the possibility of a custodial sentence, he burst into tears and told me he could not possibly go to prison, because he is a fussy eater,’ he said.