Homeless shoplifter must pay back stores

Mansfield Magistrates Court
Mansfield Magistrates Court

A homeless man who stole booze and food from shops in Worksop and Newark was ordered to pay them compensation, a court has heard.

Anthony James Ellis, 34, of no fixed abode, admitted stealing four bottles of alcohol worth £60, from Asda in Newark on September 12, and £13.70 of groceries from Sainsbury’s and the One Stop Shop, in Worksop, on September 13.

Magistrates in Mansfield heard that Ellis was imprisoned in August 2015 for shoplifting, because the offence breached a suspended sentence imposed for assaulting a police officer made in January of that year.

The court heard he had breached the terms of a post-sentence supervision order three times and had missed 23 probation meetings.

David Grant, mitigating, said: “He has substantial difficulties. He tells me that when he has a home and a door, he puts notes on the wall to remind him what to do.”

Magistrates gave him a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £73.70 compensation, which will be deducted from his benefits.