A FORMER heroin addicts who now works voluntarily in the hope of securing employment has appeared in court to face theft and fraud charges.
Luke Clayton, 30, of Grosvenor Road, pleaded guilty before Scarborough Magistrates to three charges of theft and two of fraud.
The court heard that on three separate occasions in December last year Clayton had gone in to HMV in Westborough and taken DVD’s.
He stole two James Bond box sets and an X Men box set, before selling them on to make money for himself.
Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said: “The goods haven’t been recovered and HMV are at a loss of £169.
“He was identified on CCTV and arrested.”
Mr Butterworth told magistrates Clayton had appeared before the court for similar offences in December 2010.
However Shaun Greenan, mitigating, said his client had “turned a corner” since his earlier offending.
He said: “He fully cooperated with the police to such an extent where by they were only seeking to speak to him about one single offence and it was only as a result of his own admission that the other offences were brought to light.
“Although he does have a previous record I would submit these offences are significantly different in terms of motivation. At that time he was a heroin addict. Through his own efforts he is entirely illegal drug free.
“His attitude to life and work has changed significantly to the extent that he has obtained seasonal work as a gardener. He is now out of work and looking and it is under these circumstances the offending has occurred.
“He is desperate to get back in to work, and is now doing voluntary work with Scarborough Council’s Parks and Countryside Services in the hope it will lead to permanent work later in the year.”
Magistrates sentenced Clayton to a 12 month community order with 60 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £169 compensation to HMV and £85 costs.