Coffee thief gets chance to change

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A SHOPLIFTER has been given the chance to turn his life around and get help for his problems.

Lyndon Roberts, who had served a prison sentence in May for a similar offence, was caught out on July 16 when he stole nine jars of coffee from Co-op in Albert Parade.

Eastbourne magistrates heard the goods, worth more than £35, were later recovered.

The defendant, of Cavalry Crescent, pleaded guilty to theft at a hearing at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday July 10.

Tim Stirmey, defending, said his client had previously had problems with alcohol and heroin, adding, “He deserves full credit for the timely guilty pleas.

“He is well known to this court over the years.

“You have a mental health report in front of you this morning.

“He tells me two offences ago he was due to have a referral to Health in Mind with issues about anxiety and anger, it didn’t happen because he went to prison.”

He added his client had been unwell and collapsed on a couple of occasions. He asked magistrates to defer sentence and give him a chance to get support in the meantime.

Magistrates agreed with Mr Stirmey and deferred sentence until October 8. Roberts was told in the meantime he must engage with Health in Mind and maintain contact with his GP.