Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

King Prawn Kingpin in Bid to Win His Freedom; Frozen Fish Thief Fails to Cut Term

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

King Prawn Kingpin in Bid to Win His Freedom; Frozen Fish Thief Fails to Cut Term

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Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN

FROZEN fish codfather Mark Southall has failed to have his sentence cut.

The man who netted more than pounds 5,000 by stealing king prawns, was jailed for six months.

The 30-year-old was locked up after he admitted selling cases of prawns he had ordered from his office at the family-run Ruskim Seafoods' in Gateshead.

But following his conviction at Newcastle Crown Court earlier this month he approached London's Criminal Appeal Court claiming his term was too harsh.

Southall, of Kenilworth, Killingworth, had been earning pounds 50,000 a year as a sales director at the firm but was struggling to pay the mortgage on his pounds 175,000 home.

A panel of three Appeal Court judges heard Southall pretended he was trading in bankrupt stock when he sold the seafood.

He had sold pounds 11,000 worth through the backdoor, had pocketed pounds 5,316 and was waiting for another pounds 2,000 payment when invoice checks finally uncovered his scam. …

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