Father’s cold weather theft

A DAD of three caught raiding a shop is to get help with his drug problem.

Chesterfield magistrates heard that a CCTV operator in the town’s HMV store saw Mohammed Almi remove a security tag from a Nintendo Wi-Fi remote control and leave without paying.

He then walked to a nearby exchange shop and sold the £50 item for £12. It was subsequently re-sold.

“He said he had no money for food at the time and no heating or electricity,” said Helen Griffiths, prosecuting.

Almi (31) of St Marks Close, Cromford, admitted the November 14 theft. He had previous convictions for dishonesty.

The bench imposed a nine-month probation supervision order, including a drug rehabilitation programme, and ordered him to pay £49.99 compensation, with £85 costs.

Joe Harvey, for Almi, said he came to England from Tunisia with his girlfriend. They married in 2001 and have three children, but the couple parted in 2006.

“The cold weather had started to bite and he had no money and he committed this theft.

“He has tried to make a life for himself.

“He had no friends and he was introduced to heroin four years ago. He is now using methadone,” said Mr Harvey.