Galashiels man jailed for television thefts

The Asda supermarket in Galashiels.
The Asda supermarket in Galashiels.

A Galashiels man has been jailed for a total of 16 months at Selkirk Sheriff Court for stealing three televisions and other items.

Daniel Stewart, 28, admitted breaking into a flat occupied by George Tunnicliffe in High Street, Galashiels, on December 16 and stealing a television, clothing, CDs and a games console.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing two televisions together valued at £736 by removing them from their boxes on two occasions on August 30 and then walking out of the Asda superstore in Currie Road, Galashiels, with them.

Stewart claimed he had broken into the flat because he alleged that Tunnicliffe had stolen £2,000 from his grandfather while he was dying and wanted to get the money back.

Defence lawyer Ross Dow said Stewart had attempted to administer what he described as street justice.

He added that his client was also addicted to valium at the time.

Stewart, said to be a prisoner, was jailed for another 12 months for the flat break-in and a further four months on top of that for the thefts from Asda.

His 16-month prison sentence was backdated to December 22, that being when he was first remanded in custody.