Former addict stole cider and meat in a ‘situation of poverty’

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

The 32-year-old from Ilfracombe was under a conditional discharge for an assault on his father when he committed the offences.

A FORMER heroin addict who took meat and cider from a shop in Ilfracombe did so while under a conditional discharge for assaulting his father, North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday.

Aaron Stevens, 32, of Runnacleave Road, Ilfracombe, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from a shop and breaching the conditional discharge.

The court heard the order was imposed on April 19 after an assault where Stevens pushed his father who suffers with Parkinsons, backwards onto the sofa.

But the day after he was sentenced for the offence he went into the Co-Op store in Ilfracombe and stole meat products worth £19.

Two weeks later on May 6, Stevens returned to the store with a child in a pushchair and used it to conceal £8 worth of Strongbow.

Laurence Overend, defending, said Stevens had left the family home after the incident with his father and found himself homeless.

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“In a situation of poverty he went into a shop on two occasions and opportunistically stole these items,” said Mr Overend.

Magistrates sentenced Stevens to an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £19 compensation to the Co-Op.

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