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Heroin user stole to pay bill

Worcester Editorial 13th Aug, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A HEROIN user stole more than £50 of deodorant to pay for his partner’s electricity bill, a court has heard.

John Copson, of Wylds Lane in Worcester, was caught on CCTV taking £51.76 worth of spray from B+M Bargains in St Martins Quarter on April 29.

The 43-year-old was with a woman when the camera’s saw him pick up a number of items and put them into a bag before they left without paying, Worcester Magistrates Court heard last Friday (August 8).

Copson was identified by police on the CCTV and subsequently arrested.

Defending solicitor David Oliverre said: “There hasn’t been the frequent offending in his life that there has been in the past as he’s not regularly taking heroin.

“As a consequence of that he’s now not offending.”

Copson was handed an 18-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £25.88 compensation, £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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