Worksop: Alcoholic stole £20 from charity bucket

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A man with a severe alcohol problem stole a charity bucket after having a drink, a court has heard.

Liam Gilfoyle took the bucket containing £20 from Sainsburys in Worksop.

But because he was well known by staff they quickly identified him when they saw the CCTV footage, Worksop Magistrates’ Court was told.

Prosecutor Ruth Snodin said the 25-year-old has a long criminal record for dishonesty.

Defence solicitor Ian Pridham said his client had a chronic problem with alcohol.

He said he had previously breached a court order with an alcohol treatment programme because he was ‘sofa-surfing’ and then went into prison.

Mr Pridham said: “He got work but this was short lived. He had a drink and committed this offence.”

“He is desperate for expert help with this drink problem.”

Magistrates’ were told he was now living with a friend, who had taken him in.

He has also paid the money he stole back to Sainsburys.

Gilfoyle, of Kent Close, pleaded guilty to theft on 25th February.

He was given a nine month supervision order, with a six month alcohol treatment requirement.

Magistrates told him: “It’s time all this was sorted out.”

“I am sure your motivation is there but you need to be quite determined to achieve what you want to achieve.”

“It’s not going to be easy but it’s worth making the effort.”

He must also pay a £60 victim surcharge.