Champagne thief gets chance to turn life around

A 50-YEAR-OLD man who stole Champagne and sold it on to make money for food has been given a chance to turn his life around.

Terence Davies, of Elsted Close, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Friday (April 8) after pleading guilty to the two shoplifting charges at an earlier hearing.

Davies took the four bottles of Champagne, worth £160, from Sainsbury’s on March 18 and 19.

Helen Constantinou, defending, said, “On both occasions the offences were very unsophisticated with the defendant putting the two bottles of Champagne down his trousers.”

In police interview, Davies admitted taking the Champagne and said he was selling it on for £10 a bottle and using the money to buy food.

Jay Shah, defending, told the magistrates Davies was trying to turn his life around but had not got money for food when he was released from prison in February.

Mr Shah said, “He did not want to go back to prison but he was left with little choice because he came out of prison with no benefits. He has no family support whatsoever and was on his own. This offence was committed out of desperation.”

Magistrates heard Davies was subject to an order excluding him from the Arndale Centre and they said that should continue.

The bench imposed a two-year conditional discharge for the shoplifting offences and ordered him to pay £160 in compensation to Sainsbury’s and £85 in court costs.