Mansfield thief stole from B&M Bargains to buy food

A thief with 'long-standing drug problems' stole £30 of goods from B&M Bargains in Mansfield and sold it to buy £5 of food, a court has heard.

Thursday, 17th November 2016, 6:05 pm
Updated Friday, 18th November 2016, 12:21 pm

Willem David Brewer, 23, of Leeming Street, Mansfield, admitted stealing the items on October 31, when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The court heard he has “ a long history of dishonesty” and had been released from prison in July.

“He is a gentleman who the probation service have very high hopes for,” said Donna Pursglove, mitigating. “Unfortunately the drug issue took hold.

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“He says he wants to lead a normal life. He has a long-standing amphetamine problem. He clearly does need a lot of support.”

Isobel Peach, of the probation service, said his life-style was chaotic and numerous solutions had already been offered by the courts.

Brewer said: “I just want to get help.”

District Judge Andrew Meachin said: “I could send you to custody for 18 weeks. Your record and continued offending would justify it. But I have got to intervene in other ways.”

He gave Brewer a 12 month community order, with ten days of a rehabilitation activity and a six month drug rehabilitation requirement.

Brewer must also pay £30 compensation and costs of £85.