Asda theft pair will not pay penny back

A MOTHER and son duo who stole up to £13,000 in goods from Asda have escaped jail without having to pay back a penny of the proceeds of their scam. Julie and Dean Veale, of Pinehurst, both pleaded guilty to taking a host of items from the West Swindon st

A MOTHER and son duo who stole up to £13,000 in goods from Asda have escaped jail without having to pay back a penny of the proceeds of their scam. Julie and Dean Veale, of Pinehurst, both pleaded guilty to taking a host of items from the West Swindon st

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @Michael_Benke

A MOTHER and son duo who stole up to £13,000 in goods from Asda have escaped jail without having to pay back a penny of the proceeds of their scam.

Julie and Dean Veale, of Pinehurst, both pleaded guilty to taking a host of items from the West Swindon store but because the exact value of items taken could not be established, they were not ordered to pay compensation.

Instead, the pair were ordered to carry out community service and told to pay £145 each in costs at Swindon Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard how while they had started out with the intention of paying bills, they had succumbed to greed.

Julie Veale, 57, of Spindle Tree Court, worked on a checkout till in the store. Her son Dean, 31, of Magnolia Court, would bring the items to the till but Julie would only scan through low value items.

The ruse was discovered after security guards became suspicious. On December 20 last year they stopped Dean Veale leaving the store with almost £300 pounds worth of goods in his possession and after investigating found he had only paid £17.

CCTV was inspected and they were found to have started stealing goods in February 2013, taking items such as perfume, toys and household goods.

The pair pleaded guilty to two counts of theft each on April 10, totalling £11,200 and £1600 respectively. However, neither the police nor Asda could put an exact figure so no application for compensation was made.

Mr Brown, chairman of the bench, took into account their early guilty plea and sentenced Julie to carry out 120 hours of community service as well as attend an education, training and employment course. Mr Veale was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work.

The pair had first begun to start stealing after running into financial difficulties, including Mr Veale losing his benefits.

When Ms Veale was first arrested she told police she was “disgusted and ashamed” at what she had done. Because of the conviction Mark Glendenn-ing, defending the pair, pointed out that it would now be almost impossible for her to find a job which is why she was ordered to go on the course.

Mr Glendenning, said: “ Dean temporarily lost his benefits. Julie had been having to rely on her own mother for financial help but she had recently passed away. They started out to feed themselves. As time went by greed got the better of them.”

An Asda spokesman said: “We take incidents of shoplifting very seriously. We will always work with police and assist with their investigations.”

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7:23am Sat 3 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Glad to see he worse his best track suit to court.
Now has an excuses for not working ever again....I am a thief, got caught now cant get a job.
Glad to see he worse his best track suit to court. Now has an excuses for not working ever again....I am a thief, got caught now cant get a job. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 37

8:08am Sat 3 May 14

nobody says...

What a joke.
Next time to save taxpayers money being wasted on a case like this just send them a stern letter telling them they were naughty.
What a joke. Next time to save taxpayers money being wasted on a case like this just send them a stern letter telling them they were naughty. nobody
  • Score: 38

8:39am Sat 3 May 14

umpcah says...

Did someone say that crime doesn`t pay ?
Did someone say that crime doesn`t pay ? umpcah
  • Score: 32

8:56am Sat 3 May 14

Davey Gravey says...

Prime examples of sterilisation enforcement. Add to that honest people who would have wanted that checkout job. Scum
Prime examples of sterilisation enforcement. Add to that honest people who would have wanted that checkout job. Scum Davey Gravey
  • Score: 36

9:20am Sat 3 May 14

stratton man says...

time to consider Sharia law.Also scum like them should not have the privilege of a council home each.
time to consider Sharia law.Also scum like them should not have the privilege of a council home each. stratton man
  • Score: -3

10:29am Sat 3 May 14

ChannelX says...

Another day, another example of how our court system fails us completely.
Another day, another example of how our court system fails us completely. ChannelX
  • Score: 36

10:41am Sat 3 May 14

fuzzey says...

Utterly disgusted why are they not both behind bars ???
Utterly disgusted why are they not both behind bars ??? fuzzey
  • Score: 34

12:38pm Sat 3 May 14

greenpacer says...

If they were put behind bars then we would paying for their upkeep for who knows how long. There is plenty of ways to seek help . They just could not make the effort to do so.
If they were put behind bars then we would paying for their upkeep for who knows how long. There is plenty of ways to seek help . They just could not make the effort to do so. greenpacer
  • Score: -15

12:39pm Sat 3 May 14

faatmaan says...

270 hours X £7 per hour = £12000 , (£1890), justice seen to be done
270 hours X £7 per hour = £12000 , (£1890), justice seen to be done faatmaan
  • Score: 1

3:40pm Sat 3 May 14

house on the hill says...

umpcah wrote:
Did someone say that crime doesn`t pay ?
Crime and stupidity too. Fat useless slobs who infest this country. Add to that the law is a complete joke and no wonder our welfare system is full of wasters. If you want something in life go and earn it, if you cant be bothered you are on your own.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: Did someone say that crime doesn`t pay ?[/p][/quote]Crime and stupidity too. Fat useless slobs who infest this country. Add to that the law is a complete joke and no wonder our welfare system is full of wasters. If you want something in life go and earn it, if you cant be bothered you are on your own. house on the hill
  • Score: 20

4:15pm Sat 3 May 14

Hmmmf says...

greenpacer wrote:
If they were put behind bars then we would paying for their upkeep for who knows how long. There is plenty of ways to seek help . They just could not make the effort to do so.
We already are, and probably will be for the rest of their naturals.
[quote][p][bold]greenpacer[/bold] wrote: If they were put behind bars then we would paying for their upkeep for who knows how long. There is plenty of ways to seek help . They just could not make the effort to do so.[/p][/quote]We already are, and probably will be for the rest of their naturals. Hmmmf
  • Score: 15

4:21pm Sat 3 May 14

Hmmmf says...

faatmaan wrote:
270 hours X £7 per hour = £12000 , (£1890), justice seen to be done
They're alleged to have stolen up to £13,000.

£1,890 doesn't come close. It falls £11,110 short, or at least another 1,587 hours of work based on your £7 an hour.

Justice very far from being seen to be done.
[quote][p][bold]faatmaan[/bold] wrote: 270 hours X £7 per hour = £12000 , (£1890), justice seen to be done[/p][/quote]They're alleged to have stolen up to £13,000. £1,890 doesn't come close. It falls £11,110 short, or at least another 1,587 hours of work based on your £7 an hour. Justice very far from being seen to be done. Hmmmf
  • Score: 15

5:59pm Sat 3 May 14

beach1e says...

no doubt these poor excuses for human beings are being funded by the tax payer...its a great life being a low life isnt it..dont have to work, can steal, its no wonder people have no shame or morals today when people like this can do as they please.Air is wasted on them.
no doubt these poor excuses for human beings are being funded by the tax payer...its a great life being a low life isnt it..dont have to work, can steal, its no wonder people have no shame or morals today when people like this can do as they please.Air is wasted on them. beach1e
  • Score: 18

9:54pm Sat 3 May 14

The Jockster says...

The perfect definition of the word Chav!
The perfect definition of the word Chav! The Jockster
  • Score: 9

8:29am Sun 4 May 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Thankfully at least they didn't choose Waitrose 😜
Thankfully at least they didn't choose Waitrose 😜 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -2

3:46pm Sun 4 May 14

vwfudge says...

Maybe they should have done 270 hours working for Asda.But then again they are should useless **** who would want them working for them.Sterilise them !!
Maybe they should have done 270 hours working for Asda.But then again they are should useless **** who would want them working for them.Sterilise them !! vwfudge
  • Score: 4

8:50pm Sun 4 May 14

Spadtrap says...

Just goes to show that crime does pay, why do the courts keep letting these scumbags off, they should be sent to prison and lose there counsil houses
Just goes to show that crime does pay, why do the courts keep letting these scumbags off, they should be sent to prison and lose there counsil houses Spadtrap
  • Score: 8

9:15am Mon 5 May 14

faatmaan says...

Hmmmf wrote:
greenpacer wrote:
If they were put behind bars then we would paying for their upkeep for who knows how long. There is plenty of ways to seek help . They just could not make the effort to do so.
We already are, and probably will be for the rest of their naturals.
highlighting the total injustice of a system that only seems to make the ordinary working folk pay and lets the well to do and the inadequates off !
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenpacer[/bold] wrote: If they were put behind bars then we would paying for their upkeep for who knows how long. There is plenty of ways to seek help . They just could not make the effort to do so.[/p][/quote]We already are, and probably will be for the rest of their naturals.[/p][/quote]highlighting the total injustice of a system that only seems to make the ordinary working folk pay and lets the well to do and the inadequates off ! faatmaan
  • Score: 3

9:21am Mon 5 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

faatmaan wrote:
Hmmmf wrote:
greenpacer wrote:
If they were put behind bars then we would paying for their upkeep for who knows how long. There is plenty of ways to seek help . They just could not make the effort to do so.
We already are, and probably will be for the rest of their naturals.
highlighting the total injustice of a system that only seems to make the ordinary working folk pay and lets the well to do and the inadequates off !
As ever its more laws for the law abiding.
Does make you wonder whats the point?
[quote][p][bold]faatmaan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenpacer[/bold] wrote: If they were put behind bars then we would paying for their upkeep for who knows how long. There is plenty of ways to seek help . They just could not make the effort to do so.[/p][/quote]We already are, and probably will be for the rest of their naturals.[/p][/quote]highlighting the total injustice of a system that only seems to make the ordinary working folk pay and lets the well to do and the inadequates off ![/p][/quote]As ever its more laws for the law abiding. Does make you wonder whats the point? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 3

11:31am Tue 6 May 14

EmmBee says...

Ironically his phone is Asda green.
A life banning order from Asda would be interesting. In fact I wonder why shops don't do this more often. Steal from us, don't come here again. Gradually they'd be reduced to eating from bins, hopefully.
Ironically his phone is Asda green. A life banning order from Asda would be interesting. In fact I wonder why shops don't do this more often. Steal from us, don't come here again. Gradually they'd be reduced to eating from bins, hopefully. EmmBee
  • Score: 3

12:53pm Tue 6 May 14

ChannelX says...

EmmBee wrote:
Ironically his phone is Asda green.
A life banning order from Asda would be interesting. In fact I wonder why shops don't do this more often. Steal from us, don't come here again. Gradually they'd be reduced to eating from bins, hopefully.
Of course they won't.

We will continue to have our money stolen from us so this this pair can live comfortably at our expense.

You have heard of the welfare state?
[quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: Ironically his phone is Asda green. A life banning order from Asda would be interesting. In fact I wonder why shops don't do this more often. Steal from us, don't come here again. Gradually they'd be reduced to eating from bins, hopefully.[/p][/quote]Of course they won't. We will continue to have our money stolen from us so this this pair can live comfortably at our expense. You have heard of the welfare state? ChannelX
  • Score: 2

12:57pm Tue 6 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

ChannelX wrote:
EmmBee wrote:
Ironically his phone is Asda green.
A life banning order from Asda would be interesting. In fact I wonder why shops don't do this more often. Steal from us, don't come here again. Gradually they'd be reduced to eating from bins, hopefully.
Of course they won't.

We will continue to have our money stolen from us so this this pair can live comfortably at our expense.

You have heard of the welfare state?
Are you suggesting that everyone that claims benefits fits this profile?
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: Ironically his phone is Asda green. A life banning order from Asda would be interesting. In fact I wonder why shops don't do this more often. Steal from us, don't come here again. Gradually they'd be reduced to eating from bins, hopefully.[/p][/quote]Of course they won't. We will continue to have our money stolen from us so this this pair can live comfortably at our expense. You have heard of the welfare state?[/p][/quote]Are you suggesting that everyone that claims benefits fits this profile? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -3

11:21am Wed 7 May 14

stararo says...

Hmmmf wrote:
faatmaan wrote:
270 hours X £7 per hour = £12000 , (£1890), justice seen to be done
They're alleged to have stolen up to £13,000.

£1,890 doesn't come close. It falls £11,110 short, or at least another 1,587 hours of work based on your £7 an hour.

Justice very far from being seen to be done.
This meant to be ironic. Obviously the equation is done wrong by faatmaan on purpose just to underline this absurd.
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]faatmaan[/bold] wrote: 270 hours X £7 per hour = £12000 , (£1890), justice seen to be done[/p][/quote]They're alleged to have stolen up to £13,000. £1,890 doesn't come close. It falls £11,110 short, or at least another 1,587 hours of work based on your £7 an hour. Justice very far from being seen to be done.[/p][/quote]This meant to be ironic. Obviously the equation is done wrong by faatmaan on purpose just to underline this absurd. stararo
  • Score: 0

11:46am Wed 7 May 14

stararo says...

Is this a joke? Entire Europe is laughing at UK.This couple simply stole money and they are only told off and asked kindly to work a little bit for free. I doubt they will do anything as it's too much stress after all those investigations, court questions etc. they had to put up with. This guy was first scamming benefits from the government and then he continued from ASDA. People think it's nothing for a big store but they will take it back from all of us rising prices.
Is this a joke? Entire Europe is laughing at UK.This couple simply stole money and they are only told off and asked kindly to work a little bit for free. I doubt they will do anything as it's too much stress after all those investigations, court questions etc. they had to put up with. This guy was first scamming benefits from the government and then he continued from ASDA. People think it's nothing for a big store but they will take it back from all of us rising prices. stararo
  • Score: 1

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