15th Nov, 2019

Drug user stole from supermarkets

Worcester Editorial 28th Oct, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A HEROIN user took more than £200 worth of items from city supermarkets during a seven-month stealing spree.

Graham Davis, of Severn Terrace in Worcester, pleaded guilty to four counts of theft at Worcester Magistrates Court last Friday (October 24) which took place between March and October.

The 32-year-old stole four jars of Nescafe coffee worth £20 from Tesco Express on Brindley Road on March 19 before stealing meat and cheese valued at £72.50 from Co-op on Henwick Road, the court heard.

On September 2 Davis took a further £71.36 worth of meat from Co-op in the Bullring and then four joints of meat worth £43.50 belonging to Aldi on October 16.

The goods were recovered from the Bullring Co-op store and from Aldi as he was detained outside both sites, but the meats and cheese from the Henwick Road supermarket and coffee from Tesco were not recovered, the court also heard.

Davis, who received a 12-month community order on May 20, has been using the Class A drug for the past 18 months.

Defending solicitor Paul Stanley said: “He has fallen into the wrong crowd and his drug misuse has increased. Obviously this drug misuse needs to be dealt with.”

Magistrates handed him another 12-month community order with supervision and ordered him to undertake 25 sessions at the Willowdene Farm Project.

Brent Robinson, chair of the bench, said: “We have taken on board some of these offences were committed at a time when, let’s see, you were not receiving the full support you are at the moment.

“It is not an easy thing you are going through but this opportunity will not be afforded to you forever. I am sure you don’t want to keep reappearing in court for offences like this.”

Davis was also ordered to pay £72.50 in compensation to Co-op on Henwick Road, £20 compensation to Tesco on Brindley Road, a £60 victim surcharge and court costs of £50.

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