Mansfield man stole to buy drugs after prescription was stopped

A Mansfield man reverted to stealing food and booze to raise money for drugs after his methadone prescription was stopped, a court heard.

Friday, 4th May 2018, 5:10 pm
Updated Friday, 4th May 2018, 5:11 pm
Mansfield Magistrates Court.

Ashley Barnes was seen taking £122 of goods from Asda, on Old Mill Lane, in Forest Town, on March 17, and was stopped at the exit.

Chris Lacey, mitigating, said: “He had been collecting methadone without problems and he was taking a very low amount.

“But he missed appointments with his drug workers and the knock-on effect was to have his methadone prescription stopped.”

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Mr Lacey said Barnes was told it would take six to eight weeks for the prescription to start again and he “reverted back to his old ways.”

He was now taking a 40 millilitre dose of the heroin substitute, whereas a few months ago, he was on 5 millilitres, Mr Lacey said.

Barnes, 33, of Eckington Walk, admitted theft when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court, on Friday.

He was given a 12 month conditional discharge, and was ordered to pay a £20 government surcharge and £85 costs.