Suspended sentence after stealing clothing

Court news.
Court news.

A fifty-two-year-old Skegness man has been given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted stealing £1,300 worth of clothing from the golf shop at North Shore, just a few weeks after completing a previous suspended prison sentence.

Martin William Cullen, of Edinburgh Avenue, had admitted burglary and theft when he appeared at the town’s magistrates court for sentencing.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said that Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue attended the shop at North Shore Golf Club in the early hours of December 18 because of a report of smoke coming from the premises.

He said it was apparent that the smoke was coming from the burglar alarm and that an offender had broken a window and stolen £1,300’s worth of clothing.

He said that Cullen was arrested by police later and immediately admitted what he had done.

He told officers he had been drinking vodka and wine and had been walking past the shop and ‘felt mischievous’ and so had broken the window with his elbow.

He could not remember what he had done with the clothing, said Mr Clare.

Mitigating, Saleem Khan said the offence had been committed on impulse and there had been limited access to the premises.

He said that it had been a ‘toxic mix of alcohol, medication and on the spot foolishness’ and that Cullen thought he had given most of the clothing away to people on the beach.

Mr Khan said Cullen had been getting some help with his alcoholism but that when he was depressed he drank and when he drank he committed offences.

Last Tuesday, the magistrates told Cullen that as he had only just completed a recent suspended sentence order, he would be sentenced to eight-weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months together with 12 months supervision.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £1,400 for the clothing and the damage and a £100 surcharge.