Recovering drug addict is banned from Arndale Centre

A RECOVERING drug addict who stole two bottles of whiskey for his birthday celebrations has been banned from the Arndale Centre and given a curfew.

Fifty-year-old Terrance Davies, of Elsted Close, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Wednesday morning (November 24) and pleaded guilty to stealing two bottles of Jack Daniels from Sainsbury’s in the Arndale Centre on November 8.

He also admitted breaching an conditional discharge which was imposed on June 17 for a similar shoplifting offence.

Prosecutor Jeremy King told the court that Davies had been stopped by Sainsbury’s staff when he tried to leave the store with the two bottles worth around £36.

The court heard he was planning on buying a bottle of wine for his birthday but then decided to steal the whiskey which he couldn’t afford.

Mr King told magistrates Davies had 39 previous convictions.

Dan Harrison, defending, said, “This was impulsive and unplanned. He now describes the incident as stupid and he is remorseful.”

Mr Harrison explained Davies had been suffering from depression and anxiety and had recently been diagnosed with epilepsy. He said he medication may have affected his judgment on the day of the offence.

Magistrates sentenced Davies to a 12-month community order with a three-month curfew. He will wear an electronic tag and must stay at his home between 8am and 8pm each day. He was also ordered not to enter the Arndale centre for six months.

He will also pay court costs of £85.