Shoplifting Skegness heroin addict jailed

A DRUG addict who assaulted a police officer and stole over £400 of goods from Skegness stores to feed his habit has been jailed for seven months.

Dean Smith (24) of Castleton Boulevard in Skegness, asked the town’s magistrates to send him to prison so he could get treatment to break his habit.

He admitted three charges of shoplifting and one of assaulting a police officer when he appeared in court on Friday.

John Mitchell, prosecuting, told the court that at about 11am on June 15, two people were seen to go into Sports Direct in the town’s Lumley Road.

Staff in the store thought they were acting suspiciously.

The men were then seen on CCTV cameras running out of the store and one of them – Dean Smith – was carrying a number of tracksuit bottoms.

He was chased and police used the town’s street CCTV cameras to trace him to an address.

When they entered, Smith pushed a female police sergeant over and tried to run off but was arrested.

Smith was later identified as also being responsible for the theft of £120 worth of bacon joints from Iceland the previous day and also of stealing 20 Lynx body sprays worth £50 from Wilkinsons in the Hilldred Centre.

The tracksuit bottoms stolen from Sports Direct were valued at £240.

Mitigating, Mr Saleem Khan said Smith was a heroin addict and had stolen the items to raise funds to buy heroin.

He said the assault on the police sergeant occurred because he tried to push past her and she fell over.

He said Smith had been in custody since June 16 and had been told that if he was given a custodial sentence, he could undertake a two to three month drug rehabilitation course in prison.

Magistrates sentenced Smith to a total of seven months imprisonment, but ordered that the 15 days he had already spent in custody would be deducted from that time.