Man stole insect spray for his holiday

A SCARBOROUGH man who was going on his first holiday in 25 years has been fined for stealing a £3.99 can of insect repellent.

Carl Davy, 68, of Sweetbecks Close, Eastfield, admitted the offence during a hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Colette Dixon, prosecuting, said that Davy had been seen acting suspiciously in Superdrug, Westborough, on July 11.

She said: “He was seen by staff to select an aerosol of insect repellent. He secreted it up his sleeve and left without paying for it.

“He was apprehended outside and, when arrested and interviewed, said it was a stupid thing to do.”

Mrs Dixon added that the defendant had told police that he hadn’t been on holiday for 25 years and needed insect repellant.

The court also heard that Davy had previous convictions for similar matters and had committed the offence while on a conditional discharge dating back to March 3. He was given this after stealing dog biscuits and chocolate from Wilkinsons.

Davy, representing himself, said: “I don’t know why I did it - it was stupid.”

He added that his children had clubbed together to send him on holiday to Malta.

He was fined £50 for this theft and £50 for the one earlier this year. He was ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £15.