Prolific thief sentenced

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A 39-year-old old Skegness man, with 99 previous convictions for dishonesty, made another appearance in court for theft just one day after being conditionally discharged for a similar offence.

Derek Charles Hicks, of Alexandra Road, admitted stealing meat and alcohol worth £32 from the Spar in Burgh Road on January 4, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court last week.

He also admitted breaching the conditional discharge imposed for theft the previous day, also at Skegness.

Mitigating, Mark Hudson said the court would be well within its rights to send Hicks to prison again but, he said, ‘he just goes in, loses his benefits and accommodation, and comes out again back to square one’.

Inviting the magistrates not to send him to prison, he said that Hicks had gone himself to Addaction, the drug and alcohol dependency unit, and that he had never done that before.

He said that whatever sentence they imposed other than prison, Hicks would effectively be on a suspended sentence as he would almost certainly be sent to prison if he offended again.

The magistrates told Hicks he was ‘menace’.

“You are disrupting society by this continuous stealing,” he was told, as they imposed a prison sentence of two months suspended for 12 months and given a period of six months supervision and a drug referral order.

He was also ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge.