Man stole dummy phone worth a penny

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

The 32-year-old admitted six counts of theft from shops in Barnstaple between January and April.

A MAN who stole a dummy mobile phone worth 1p from the Carphone Warehouse has pleaded guilty to six offences of theft.

Lee Smith, of Hughes Avenue, Barnstaple, also admitted stealing newspapers, magazines and soft drinks from WH Smith, and groceries including milk, sugar and dumpling mix from Spar Stores in Barnstaple.

North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday the 32-year-old was in breach of a conditional discharge imposed by South and West Devon Magistrates’ Court for theft offences.

David Rowe, defending, said Stevens was desperate to leave the court as soon as possible as he had to travel to see his grandmother who was seriously ill in hospital.

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He said his client suffered from depression and in total the items taken had only amounted to around £30.

Magistrates agreed to adjourn for sentencing on Tuesday, June 11 so that a probation report could be prepared.

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