44-year-old Ross Minter has been handed a conditional discharge after admitting to stealing steak and alcohol from Sainsbury’s in Newport because he was hungry.
Appearing at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Tuesday, Minter pleaded guilty to a single charge of theft from a shop on 17th May this year – just weeks after appearing before the courts for a similar matter back in April.
Ann Smout, prosecuting, said that Minter had a horrendous record of theft and had been caught on CCTV taking steak and alcohol from the shelves before going to the women’s clothing aisle to place the items up his jumper, discarding the packaging.
Minter, of Whitcombe Road in Carisbrooke, was recognised from CCTV footage.
Representing himself, Ross said that he stole the meat to eat but was very adamant that he did not sell on the items. He admitted he shouldn’t have done it but did not have the money to buy food having had his benefits cut to £39 a month.
Magistrates heard that the 44-year-old already owes the court £614 so they opted for a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered Minter to pay £19.95 compensation to Sainsbury’s. No fine, costs or surcharge were imposed.
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