Man in court for washing up liquid theft

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An Eastbourne man who stole a bottle of washing up liquid from a store has been told to ‘sort his life out’ by magistrates.

Joseph Scott took the £5.29 item from the Co-op in the Hydneye in Hampden Park back in April last year. The 30-year-old was stopped by a member of staff and arrested.

Scott, of Croxden Way, pleaded guilty to theft at a hearing at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday this week.

Andrew Whelpton, defending, said, “It’s not a sophisticated offence, he went into the shop attempted to steal the item and was stopped before he left the store.

“He was arrested and interviewed by police and put his hands up to it when shown the CCTV. He said at the time unfortunately he was reliant on drugs. He’s now on a suboxone programme and is trying to reduce this gradually. He is due to have some operations and after that he is looking to take a college course in mechanics, he’s looking at making goals in his life.”

The court heard that Scott had nearly £2,000 worth of outstanding fines to pay and he was urged by the court to get them paid off and following sentence he was told, “Get out there and sort your life out.”