'Drink problem' caused offences
A SKEGNESS man twice stole a case of lager from a town supermarket by pretending he had bought it elsewhere and taken it in with him.
William James McEvoy, 31, of Drummond Road, admitted two charges of theft when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.
Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that on August 7, McEvoy went into Tesco, purchased some items and then went to customer services and told them he had the case of lager, valued at £9, which he had bought elsewhere, before leaving the store.
He had in fact taken the case from Tesco while he was there, said Mr Wood.
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He said that McEvoy went back eight days later and did exactly the same thing but this time, security staff were aware of him.
Mitigating, Gordon Holt said McEvoy had been out of trouble since leaving prison in 2004 but that he always found August a difficult month as it was the anniversary of the death of his daughter.
He said this coincided with him going out with a friend to celebrate his birthday and wanting more alcohol.
Mr Holt told the magistrates that McEvoy had decided to stop drinking and had not done so since his arrest.
"He recognises drinking is the main factor", he said.
The magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered McEvoy to pay a £15 victim surcharge, £50 in costs and compensation of £9.