Judge issues prison warning to thief

Court news.
Court news.

A Skegness man who stole clothing from a town store, was already on bail for similar offences, a court has been told.

Derek Hicks, 39, of Barnes Crescent, admitted theft of the clothing, valued at £220, from Peacocks in Lumley Road on August 8, when he appeared in custody before District Judge John Stobart, sitting at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told he was also in breach of his bail, a condition of which was that he was not to go into retail premises in Lumley Road.

It was said he had been in court in Lincoln on July 4 for offences of theft, burglary and assaulting a security officer at Morrison’s supermarket and had been due to appear for sentence on September 2 until he was arrested for the latest offence.

Imposing a 12 month community order with a drug referral order for six months, the judge told 
him that if he ‘did 
not stay out of trouble, you’ll be back before the court and you’ll 
be sentenced to imprisonment’.

Last Tuesday, he was also ordered to pay £45 in compensation to the security officer and £40 in costs.