Homeless man stole to buy food in Mansfield

A homeless man stole CDs from a Mansfield store to sell on and buy food, a court has heard.

Wednesday, 7th December 2016, 5:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:48 pm

Martin Lee Toon, 24, of no fixed abode, admitted the thefts when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The court heard he stole three CDs from B&M Bargains, on Stockwell Gate, on November 20, and was stopped outside by staff.

Yvonne Wragg, mitigating, said: “He has been homeless for a significant amount of time. Although he is homeless he does tend to live to his means.”

She said he had one previous conviction for theft from 2011.

Toon was given a six month conditional discharge. He was ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge which will be deducted from his benefits.