Chesterfield thief blames legal highs for offence

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.
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An offender blamed his use of legal highs after he was caught stealing a moped rain cover.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard this month how Adrian Ward, 43, of Derby Road, Chesterfield, stole the moped cover from outside a home in Chesterfield.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said a resident asked what he was doing before he stole her son’s moped cover. Ward had been under the influence of legal highs, according to defence solicitor Denny Lau. The defendant pleaded guilty to the theft after the incident on January 20. He also admitted obstructing an officer on January 17 after he lied by telling police a man they were seeking was not at his home. Mr Lau said Ward was worried police might have made a mess of his home, Ward was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.