A STABLE-LAD told a Scarborough court he will be a racing certainty to refrain from trouble after he was caught stealing a bottle of wine from a town centre store.
Paul Morris, of Brawby, near Malton, admitted taking a £7.49 bottle of wine from Marks & Spencer, in Newborough, in December.
Morris, 36, pleaded guilty to theft at Scarborough Magistrates Court after he was caught by staff leaving the shop without paying for the alcohol.
Prosecuting, Steve Ovenden said: “This was a very straightforward case.
“He was taken back to the store where he was very remorseful and apologetic for his conduct.”
Mitigating, Franklyn Garvey told magistrates Morris was struggling to deal with the break-up of a relationship which had stymied access to his child.
He said: “A huge chasm has suddenly appeared in his life and depression has set in.
“He went to live with his mother in, dare I say, the back of beyond.
“There are times when in life when he feels morose and maudlin and the antidote is drink.
“He went into the shop, he had been drinking and had been to the bookmakers and he wanted to satiate his drinking.
“However, very foolishly he took the bottle of wine, it is as simple as that.”
Chairman of the bench, Paul Sudworth, handed Morris a six-month conditional discharge, adding: “It is up to you now.
“We are putting you in trust that for the next period of time it will not happen again.”