A MAN has been sentenced for stealing alcohol and assaulting a female shop worker at Marks & Spencers in Weymouth.

Christopher Francis John Chainey, whose address was given as Northcote Road in Bournemouth, appeared in Poole Magistrates' Court on Monday, August 1, for sentencing.

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating, one count of theft from a shop and one count of committing a further offence during the operational period of a suspended sentence order.

The assault and theft charges relate to an incident which took place at Marks & Spencers on St Mary Street on July 30, this year, whereby Chainey stole alcohol to the value of £27.50 from the store and assaulted a woman by beating her.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "We received a report at 12.15pm on Saturday 30 July 2022 that a man had attempted to make off without paying for two bottles of alcohol at the Marks and Spencer store in St Mary Street in Weymouth and had allegedly assaulted a member of staff who went to prevent him from leaving.

"A 37-year-old man of no fixed abode was arrested and charged with assault and theft. He was due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Monday 1 August 2022."

Magistrates sentenced Chainey to a suspended sentence order, giving the defendant a total of six weeks suspended for 12 months for the assault and theft charges. The reason given for the sentence was because Chainey had significant previous convictions and because the assault was made on a shop worker.

He must also pay a £154 victim surcharge.

He was also sentenced for breaching a suspended sentence order of 12 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months made on June 22, 2021 by the South & West Devon Magistrates' Court.

The suspended sentence order made by South & West Devon Magistrates' Court was amended by extending the operational period to 20 months.