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He was jailed after his 14th breach of an Asbo banning him from all British restaurants for refusing to pay
A conman who ate gourmet meals and then refused to pay for them was last night tucking into two years’ porridge.
Christopher Travis was jailed after his 14th breach of an Asbo banning him from all British restaurants.
The court heard his victims included a Michelin-star restaurant and other top establishments across the country.
The 53-year-old homeless ex-soldier made his 88th court appearance after enjoying a slap-up meal in a Plymouth tapas bar.
When asked to pay he said he was broke and offered just 20p.
Prosecutor Alistair Verheijen said “He ordered food and drink worth £20.45 at Lorenzo’s restaurant.
When the bill came he appeared to pat his pockets before telling staff he was unable to pay.”
Judge Paul Darlow told him: “You have been before this court time and time and time again for exactly the same sort of behaviour.”
Plymouth crown court heard that Travis was given his Asbo in 2010 after he ran off without paying in Derby.
But the order failed to cure his appetite for crime. He enjoyed several free meals in Lincolnshire before dodging a £17.85 bill at an Oxford restaurant he had previously cheated three times.
He also ate and ran in Devon and Cornwall – tucking in to a £51 meal at celebrity chef Michael Caines’ ABode restaurant in Exeter.
Travis admitted fraud and breaching his Asbo.
His lawyer said he had now enrolled at the Open University “to rehabilitate himself”.