Depressed alcoholic stole goods from store

AN ALCOHOLIC waiting to go in to detox was caught stealing food and drink from Marks and Spencer.

Terence Baker, 63, of Cavendish Place, Eastbourne, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Friday (December 30) and admitted the shoplifting offence which took place on December 15.

The court was told that Baker had been in the town centre store and filled a trolley with food and drink worth £36.14.

He was then seen to put the items into bags and leave the store without paying.

He was stopped outside, the items were recovered by Marks and Spencer and police were called.

Baker was arrested for shoplifting and he said he was drunk at the time of the offence and was disappointed his friends had not attended his birthday drinks the night before.

The shoplifting offence put Baker in breach of an conditional discharge, which had been imposed by magistrates on October 18 for a drunk and disorderly offence.

Madeleine Priestley, defending, said, “The defendant suffers from depression and when he hits a low he tends to have a binge.

“He was upset that his friends hadn’t gone to his drinks party for his birthday and that led to his drinking on that day.”

Ms Priestley told magistrates Baker was visiting Action For Change on a voluntary basis and was waiting to detox.

Magistrates ordered Baker to carry out 60 hours unpaid work.

He was not fined because of his means but was ordered to pay £85 in court costs.