Judge lets Romanian shoplifter out of prison early after she buys one-way plane ticket home as he says he wants to save taxpayer money

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A judge has allowed a Romanian shoplifter to leave prison before completing her sentence after she presented him with a one-way ticket to her homeland, as he explained he wanted to save taxpayers’ money

Madalina Horvath, 19, was jailed for 14 months at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court earlier this month after she admitted stealing more than £15,000 worth of consumer goods during a nationwide thieving spree.

However, Judge Bernard Lever shortened her sentence by four months after learning she wished to return to Romania. The ruling meant Horvath was released from prison as she had served enough time in custody.

Judge Lever claimed his decision would save British taxpayers up to £8,000, but admitted it wouldn’t have been made under “normal circumstances”.

The court heard Horvath moved to Britain in 2015 when she was 16 and soon began shoplifting in various cities including Cambridge and Manchester.

The teenager was eventually arrested in Kent but disappeared after she was given bail and told to attend court.

She was rearrested in November last year following another thieving expedition with accomplices at the Trafford Centre shopping centre in which thousands of pounds worth of items were stolen from a John Lewis store, including five BOSE headphones and three memory cards. 



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