Friday 19 January 2018

Choc thief jail term not so sweet

A chocolate thief has been given five months in prison in Colombia for swiping less than a fiver's worth of his favourite snack
A chocolate thief has been given five months in prison in Colombia for swiping less than a fiver's worth of his favourite snack

It's enough to make a chocolate addict give up the sweet stuff forever.

A self-declared chocolate addict has been sentenced to five months in one of Colombia's harshest prisons for swiping eight dollars' worth (£4.75) of Jumbo bars.

Luis Augusto Mora was caught stealing two boxes of locally made Jumbo bars at a Bogota supermarket.

After confessing, Mora was sentenced to La Picota prison, home to some of the country's most hardened criminals and drug-traffickers.

The tough punishment has caught the attention of president Juan Manuel Santos. In a radio interview, he said that misdemeanours like Mora's should not waste prosecutors' time and effort.

Meanwhile, prosecutors have distributed a statement saying the chocolate thief is expressing regret.

Mora says he'll "never again touch a chocolate in my life".

Press Association

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