Heroin addict jailed after stealing meat from Lidl

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A MAN was starting a jail term yesterday after stealing meat worth £24.18 from Lidl.

Steven Stout, of no fixed abode but originally from Atherton, appeared at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court after failing to turn up to court in Huddersfield in relation to the charge.

The court also heard that Stout, 30, was in breach of a suspended sentence he had been given in April for theft, fraud and a public offence order.

Peter Moran, defending, said: “This defendant is a heroin addict. He thinks he can get down to one bag a day but currently it is three which is an expensive habit that results in shoplifting and court appearances.”

The court heard that Stout had moved from Atherton to Huddersfield to stay with a friend and it was there that he was caught shoplifting on October 5. He then returned to the Wigan area and could not return for the court appearance.

Magistrates activated his suspended sentence of 12 weeks and gave him two weeks consecutive for the bail offence and a week for shoplifting.

He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and court charges of £150.