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Joel Elmslie pleads guilty to shoplifting charges

Joel Elmslie, 38, of Berlin Road, Hastings, indicated a plea of guilty to stealing a North Face gilet, worth £140 from Millets in Hastings on November 18 and a jacket, worth £140, from the same store on November 17 last year. He admitted the offences when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court on December 19.

The court made a community order with a requirement of 40 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to pay £340 in compensation.

Elmslie has a previous conviction for violence and received a five-year jail sentence in 2008 after he was found guily of attacking his ex-girlfriend’s new partner with a claw hammer.

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