Addict admits stealing liquor
A 43-year-old man admitted stealing a bottle of liquor from The MarketPlace to pay off debts.
Richard Dill, of Long Bay Lane, Somerset, pleaded guilty when he appeared at Magistrates’ Court to taking J&B Scotch whisky without paying on July 21.
The court heard that around 9.30am he was seen putting the alcohol bottle down his pants at the Church Street store. He was confronted by staff and tried to flee, but was held until police arrived.
Prosecutor Robert Welling said: “The aggravating feature is that of the struggle with the members of staff who were trying to detain him.
“I would suggest that is a significant aggravating factor to justify a custodial sentence as it is a resist on those who have a duty to interact with members of the public.”
Dill said he owed someone $50 and was planning to sell the alcohol to pay the person back.
“I owed him some money and I didn’t have any money. I thought my life was in danger so that is why I tried to sell it to pay off those debts I owed.”
He said he had problems with drug addiction and was working to get clean.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner ordered a social inquiry and BARC report on Dill. He released him on $2,000 bail, with one surety, and ordered him to reappear for sentencing on August 30.