Deodorant cans theft sentence for Skegness man at town Magistrates’ Court

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A 38-year-old Skegness man, who was given a community order for theft only in June, has admitted stealing deodorants from a town centre store.

Derek Charles Hicks of South Parade, admitted stealing the deodorant cans from Wilkinsons on June 20 when he appeared before magistrates in the town last week.

The court was told that he went into the store in mid-afternoon, put the deodorants into a bag and left, after which he handed the deodorants over to another man.

The magistrates were told Hicks had been placed on a community order for two shop thefts in June and given a conditional discharge for burglary in February.

Mitigating, Gordon Holt said Hicks had a lengthy history of offending and a long problem with heroin use.

He said he had been doing better but his alcohol problem had increased as his drug problem decreased.

Mr Holt said it would be disproportionate to send Hicks to prison as when he came back out he would have lost his accommodation and there was a fear he would go back to heroin use. He said Hicks was making progress on his community order and asked that it be continued.

Hicks was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years. The community order will continue. Hicks was ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge and £12 compensation.