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‘Vulnerable’ man raided store
1:00pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A “VULNERABLE” man with learning difficulties who stole meat and razors from a Malvern supermarket claimed he was “under pressure” to take the items.
Steven Smith, aged 43, of Knapp Way, Malvern, admitted theft when he appeared before a deputy district judge at Worcester Magistrates Court. The court was told how Smith stole the items, worth £39.11, from the Morrisons store.
Fred Pilkington, prosecuting, said Smith was seen entering the store with a draw-string bag and was seen to deposit three packs of the razors in his bag before he made off without attempting to pay. He also had two packs of pork chops and some gammon, all of which were recovered. However, the gammon was not in a fit state to be resold.
He was already on a community order from May imposed for handling stolen goods.
Genevieve Worthington, defending, said: “He is a man who is perhaps vulnerable, suffering from anxiety and learning difficulties.”
Deputy district judge Rufus Taylor revoked his existing two orders and made a new one for 12 months.
Smith was ordered to pay £11.13 for the gammon, costs of £85 and a surcharge of £60.
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