DVD thief refused to co-operate with staff

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AN EASTBOURNE man has been told to pay compensation after damaging the wall of a supermarket that he stole from.

Aaron Boswell was seen by security staff leaving Asda with a DVD he hadn’t paid for.

Eastbourne magistrates heard that the 28-year-old dropped the DVD, pushed a member of the security staff in the chest and tried to run away but another employee blocked his way.

Boswell then apologised and said ‘just ban me’.

He said he did not want to follow staff into a security room because it was small and then pushed a security guard over.

The court heard the Priory Road resident also damaged a wall.

In interview he said he couldn’t remember the incident and blamed the medication he was on for his memory loss.

Boswell pleaded guilty to theft, criminal damage and two counts of assault.

Julien Mussi, defending, said his client had personality and substance misuse disorders and had been engaging with a community psychiatric nurse and substance misuse services.

He added magistrates had various options including giving Boswell a conditional discharge or deferring sentence.

For all four offences Boswell was given an 18-month conditional discharge.

He was also ordered to pay £150 compensation for the damage to the wall and must pay £80 court costs.