A 36-year-old man has been jailed for four months after admitting to stealing a Bluetooth kit from a Kilbirnie garage whilst he was on bail.

Ian John Hedges, from Holmhead in Kilbirnie, appeared from custody at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week and pled guilty to one charge of Theft by Shoplifting.

Hedges, who is currently serving a four-month sentence in prison in relation to another matter, stole the kit from Tesco Petrol Station on June 1.

At the time of the offence, Hedges was on bail, which he had been granted at Paisley Sheriff Court on April 18.

Defending Hedges, solicitor Mr Nicol said that his client had admitted his guilt at the earliest opportunity and asked Sheriff Michael Hanlon to consider not prolonging his current sentence.

Mr Nicol also acknowledged that it was Sheriff Hanlon who had sentenced Hedges to his current prison term and that at the time, his client had also pled guilty.

Mr Nicol added: “The offence should not have happened but it did, he’s apologised for it. This is his earliest opportunity of pleading guilty.

“He’s aware of his Lordship’s options. I would invite his Lordship not to extend his sentence. Express some leniency given his plea.”

Sheriff Hanlon told Hedges: “I can see no alternative than a custodial sentence.

“I’m taking into account your plea of guilty so I sentence you to four months to run consecutive to your present sentence.”