A WREXHAM man with a history of causing a public nuisance around North Wales has been handed a suspended sentence and a criminal behaviour order.

David Morgan Llewelyn Gale, 25, of Tan Y Bryn, was appearing at Mold Magistrates Court where he admitted to six separate charges, three of which related to burglaries that took place in Rhyl in October last year.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, told the court how during the first of those burglaries, Gale had been seen loitering outside the Bradshaw Care Home in Rhyl on October 4 last year and when the receptionist moved away from the front desk, had taken the opportunity to enter the building and stole an i-phone belonging to her.

Gale also admitted to stealing items, including cash and cards from the handbags of two teachers when he’d entered the staff room at Christchurch School on October 11 and the next day, stole a passport and cash belonging to a woman after gaining access to the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Mr Espie went on to explain how Gale was also charged with stealing six cans of Lynx deodorant from a Pound Stretcher store, as well as breaching the terms of a community protection notice when he became abusive to a woman in Wrexham town centre on October 3 this year.

On that occasion, Gale had asked the woman if he could use her phone as his had “ran out of battery” and that if she didn’t help him he would kill himself. When the woman instead offered up the alternative idea of him using a phone in her place of work, he became abusive towards her and members of the public had to step in to help her.

The sixth charge related to one of causing criminal damage after Gale admitting spitting in the back of a Police vehicle after he had been detained by officers and it had to be decontaminated to the cost of £120.

In making an application for a criminal behaviour order, Mr Espie went on to explain how Gale’s mother had been subject to one for several years and that it was likely she had been encouraging her son to carry out such behaviour on her behalf.

Stephen Edwards, defending, said it was unacceptable and a concern that it had taken more than a year for the burglary charges from Rhyl to be heard in court and that Gale had already been convicted of similar offences from the same period back in November 2018.

Mr Edwards went on to say that Gale’s life was a lot more stable now than it was a year ago, but offered up no argument against the application for a criminal behaviour order and added that having one in place could actually work to his overall benefit.

He said: “My client hasn’t had the best starts in life and found himself at a particularly low ebb in 2018 when he was living on the streets of Rhyl.

“The criminal behaviour order is a sensible proposal for him because these nuisance offences need to be addressed.”

Magistrates sentenced Gale to serve four weeks in prison for each of the three burglaries, which will be served consecutively while he was given two weeks for the breach of the community protection notice, with that running concurrently.

However, Chair of the bench Major James, told Gale the 12 week term would be suspended for a period of two years.

He also handed Gale a three year criminal behaviour order, which states he should not cause harassment, alarm or distress by using insulting or offensive language or behaviour to anyone in a public place in either England and Wales.

The terms of the order also demand that Gale leave Wrexham town centre when instructed to do so by either a police officer or police community support officer and should not return for up to a maximum of 24 hours.

Gale was also ordered to pay compensation and court related costs totalling £737.