By Beth Sharp Thursday 24 October 2013 Updated: 25/10 07:55
A REDDITCH man admitted to stealing bed-linen and cosmetics because he needed to feed himself and his partner and buy gas and electricity, a court heard.
Craig Cockerall, 33, was arrested on October 3 for taking the rug and duvet set, valued at £79.97 from B&M Bargains and make-up items, worth £221.45, from Superdrug in Redditch.
Cockerall pleaded guilty to both counts of theft at Redditch Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (October 22) and was ordered to pay back the £79.97 as compensation to B&M Bargains for the goods, which he had sold for £20 in a pub to buy the gas and electricity.
The make-up items were recovered and in a saleable condition so he did not have to pay the £221.45.
Cockerall was, however, also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.
In his defence the court heard Cockerall was an ex-drug addict and had stayed out of trouble since December when he was released from prison until problems receiving his JobSeekers Allowance (JSA) meant he had no money for over a month for food or utilities.
That had happened because, under the terms of his JSA, Cockerall was supposed to be applying for three jobs a week but one week, he said, there were only two suitable jobs available to apply for.
That had led to his money being stopped.
Magistrates also issued a six-month drug rehabilitation order meaning Cockerall will be tested for drugs on a weekly basis.
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