A Haverfordwest man has been sentenced to six months in prison after admitting charges of attempted burglary and stealing baby formula.

Damian Hughes, of Goshawk Road, appeared via video link from Swansea prison before Haverfordwest magistrates on Wednesday, May 2.

Hughes, 38, pleaded guilty to theft from a shop, attempted burglary of a dwelling and interfering with a vehicle with the intention of stealing from it on April 24.

Three other charges of attempted burglary at Hubberston Road on the same day were withdrawn by the court.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, told the court that Hughes took a box of baby milk formula worth £13 from CK’s Supermarket, Milford Haven, just before 10am on April 24.

He said: “He doesn’t have a child, but apparently it is a very high in protein and used by body-builders. He admitted taking it when interviewed.”

Hughes was seen wandering along Hubberston Road and trying a car door at 1.30pm, before looking through the window of a property and attempting to open the house door.

Mr Pritchard-Jones said: “He was just trying his luck. Had the doors opened, he would doubtless have gone in and taken anything he fancied. He did not try and take it any further, he did not cause any damage, and walked on.”

The court heard that the offences were committed three days after Hughes was placed on a community order.

Jonathan Webb, defending, told the bench that there had been a ‘hiatus’ in Hughes’ history of dishonesty, but he appeared to have ‘fallen off the wagon’.

Magistrates sentenced Hughes to a total of six months in custody and ordered him to pay a £115 surcharge.