Court fines leave shop-lifter struggling to eat, says solicitor (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Court fines leave Darlington shop-lifter struggling to eat, says solicitor
A SOLICITOR today (Thursday, August 29) said a prolific shop-lifter stole to eat, after court fines left him struggling financially.
Kate Duncan said the number of court fines accumulated by shop-lifter Frankie Robert Alfred Pearson had contributed to significant deductions in his benefits and left him struggling to afford food.
Representing Pearson – who stole candles worth £12 from a Tesco store - at Darlington Magistrates Court, she said: “He stole items to sell on for food.
“He found himself in financial difficulty with court fines contributing to substantial deductions coming off his benefits.
“He finds himself stealing for food and basic necessities, not to fund a luxurious lifestyle.”
The 27-year-old, of St Georges Hall, Darlington, admitted theft from a shop and was ordered to pay £12 compensation to the Tubwell Row branch of Tesco.
He was also placed under a four-week curfew restricting him from leaving his property between 7pm and 7am.