A HOMELESS man has appeared in court after stealing a bottle of cider from Spar in Falsgrave Road.
Nicholas Walker, 35, of no fixed address, admitted taking the £3.49 cider without paying on October 27.
During the hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Walker appeared in custody.
Katy Varlow, prosecuting, told the court that Walker had gone into Spar at 9pm and picked up the bottle of cider.
She said: “Staff refused to serve him because he was well in drink, but he took the cider anyway.”
Walker was stopped by a police officer shortly afterwards and admitted the theft, saying “Sorry, I’ve stolen it”.
Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said that his client was a “long-term alcoholic”.
He added: “His antecedent history paints a very dark picture. Alcohol is his bete noire.”
Mr Garvey explained that Walker, who has 128 previous convictions for theft, did not have a very clear recollection of the incident.
He said: “He had drunk one to two bottles of brandy. He thought he’d paid, but accepts he just took it.” Walker was told by the bench that the 16 hours he had spent in custody was punishment enough.