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Asda saboteur who denied licking raw chicken is jailed

A disgraced supermarket worker who was filmed sabotaging food in the Preston store where he worked has been jailed.

Adeel Ayub, 30, was caught on camera slashing staff room furniture, cutting colleague's clothes and letting off fire extinguishers at the Asda store at Fulwood, Preston.

The footage, which was filmed by a colleague, also appeared to show him licking a raw chicken.

He is starting a two-month jail term after he was sentenced at Preston Magistrates Court.

A pre-sentence report had recommended he did not receive a custodial sentence, but magistrates were so appalled by his behaviour that they gave him the maximum sentence available.

Shocked Ayub, 30, was led down as relatives watched from the public gallery.

His solicitor Manny Anwar-Qureshi, of Leigh Bailey Solicitors, said: "I don't think the sentence is proportionate to the crime.

"He was very remorseful and has grown up a lot since the incidents.

"He was stitched up by other people.

"I am very surprised at the sentence given the crimes were four years ago.

"There will be discussions over whether to apply to appeal the sentence. We have 14 days to do so.

"The chances are he will probably lose his job.

"His family are shocked and upset."

Ayub, of Spinney Brow, Ribbleton, had previously pleaded guilty to five offences of criminal damage.

The Lancashire Evening Post received the mobile phone clip, which showed him and a group of employees urinating in bins, smashing trophies and damaging food produce, anonymously.

It was passed on to Preston Police but was later discovered to be on YouTube.

At a hearing in December, Ayub told the Lancashire Evening Post he was sorry for the offences, but denied licking raw chicken and said being accused of licking the poultry was "unfair".

The Carphone Warehouse employee committed the incidents between August 2005 and September 2008 while he was employed as a shelf stacker at the Fulwood store.

He was only charged with offences that had been shown on the footage.

The first charge related to destroying a fire extinguisher; second was the damage of furniture; the third was destroying clothing.

He also pleaded guilty to destroying food stock.

An Asda spokesman said: "We are pleased we can finally draw a line under it and put it behind us."

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