A desperate drug addict resorted to shoplifting after his partner had allegedly sold his methadone treatment to raise money.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, October 23, how Mark Hill, 35, of Birchen Close, Loundsley Green, Chesterfield, was caught stealing two Spectre razors from Boots chemist in the town.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “A security guard saw Hill and recognised him from previous incidents and he was followed on CCTV and was seen picking up the razors and putting them in a bag.
“He then went into a butcher’s and came out minus the bag but later told police he had put the bag with the razors valued at £30 into a fridge in the butcher’s.”
Hill, who has 30 previous convictions for dishonesty, told police he had not committed any offences for a year but his girlfriend had taken his methadone and this had sent him into a craving and he began to steal.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the theft which happened on October 12.
Defence solicitor Kirsty Sergeant said: “Police said Hill was remorseful and disappointed with himself for committing the crime after staying out of trouble for one year and a day.”
Miss Sergeant explained Hill had not had money coming in for four weeks before the offence and his partner had taken steps to sell his methadone to pay for electricity and Hill became upset because he knew this would jeopardise his progress.
The court also heard how Hill is continuing to receive support for his drug problems and is undergoing regular appointments and tests.
Magistrates opted to give Hill a 12 month conditional discharge but warned if he re-offends during this time he will be re-sentenced.
Hill was also ordered to pay £250 in legal costs and charges.