Stalybridge man described as ‘professional criminal’ is jailed

A STALYBRIDGE man, described in court as a “professional criminal”, has been jailed for 14 weeks.

Mohammed Arif Zahiri, 24, of Mottram Road, committed his latest offences only two days after he received a suspended prison sentence.Zahiri appeared before Stockport Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 26 and pleaded guilty to damaging a cash machine valued at more than £4,000 at the Halifax Bank, Ashton, on Thursday, May 21.

Zahiri received a six-week sentence and a further four weeks to run concurrent for damaging a phone on May 21 worth £500 and belonging to Greater Manchester Police.

The remaining eight weeks in prison were imposed for breaching a previous suspended sentence.

Zahiri was sentenced to four weeks, suspended for 12 months on May 19 for each of four offences committed on May 14.

He was convicted of that day damaging cash machines at four banks – Halifax, Nationwide, NatWest and Yorkshire, all in Ashton.

As Zahiri breached his suspended sentence, he received four-week jail terms for each of those offences, two to run consecutively and two concurrently meaning he must serve eight weeks in prison.

“The nature of the offences shows that the defendant is operating as a professional criminal,” the court sheet disclosed.

One Reply to “Stalybridge man described as ‘professional criminal’ is jailed”

  1. And that’s meant to deter him from doing it again??? The word ‘punishment’ has lost it’s meaning in the justice system.

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