Drug relapse after Skegness move

A man, who was said to have been drug free for a significant period of time, became addicted again after moving to Skegness last autumn, the town’s Magistrates’ Court heard.

Sam Vesty, 36, now living in Beacon Way in Skegness, was said to have moved from Louth and was now living mainly on the sofas of friends and to have taken up his drug habit again, after beating it when he was living in Louth.

Vesty, who appeared in custody before Skegness Magistrates’ Court, admitted stealing £14 worth of liquid detergent from Savers in Lumley Road, Skegness, on January 2.

The court heard that at 10.55am he went into the store and picked up the detergent and put it under his jacket and left.

When the alarm triggered, staff examined CCTV images and Vesty was seen carrying out the theft and he was later arrested by police.

He admitted the theft to officers and said it was so that he could sell it to buy drugs.

In mitigation, Andrea Wilkes told the court that Vesty used two bags of heroin a day, which cost him £20 and as he was not able to see his doctor for another week to get a methadone prescription and had no money, he had to steal to fund his habit in the meantime.

The court heard that Vesty was on a drug rehabilitation order imposed in December after admitting stealing a dvd player.

Barbara Newman, for the Probation Service, said Vesty had only attended one of six appointments with the drug rehabilitation service Addaction and that he could not be issued with methadone scripts unless he attended appointments.

The magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered Vesty to pay £85 in costs, a £20 victim surcharge and to pay £14.95 in compensation.