A Mablethorpe man, who had given ‘every penny he had’ to bailiffs enforcing debt recovery, stole three steaks from the town’s Coop, a court has heard.
John Walter Bramley of Wellington Road, admitted stealing the steaks, valued at £15, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court on Tuesday (August 4).
Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Bramley went into the store during the evening of April 27 and was seen on cctv images stealing the meat.
When he was seen by the police he was given the option of paying the store for the meat but he did not do so.
Gary Farmer, in mitigation, said Bramley was in debt and bailiffs had been to see him and he had handed over every penny he had.
“He stole the meat in sheer desperation,” he said, adding that his debts were now cleared.
The magistrates told Bramley that if he had paid for the meat when first asked to do so by the police, it would have cost him £15, but now, with charges and costs, it was going to cost him £250.
He was also given a six months conditional discharge.