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‘Idle hands are the devil’s workshop and I’m depressed because I can’t find work’

A 44-year-old man who told police he wanted to go to jail to “fatten up”, was yesterday granted his wish.

Richard Dill was arrested outside Somerset MarketPlace after a cashier saw him stuff two packages of meat down the back of his pants, and walk out of the store on February 22.

He was confronted by the store manager, who called police.

Dill told the officers he wasn’t scared of jail, and would be out in four months.

He pleaded guilty to the theft yesterday.

Magistrates’ Court heard the meat was valued at $28.58.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner reminded Dill that he had appeared in court on similar charges.

At that time Dill was given a 30-day suspended sentence and banned from the store, Mr Warner said.

“You’re no stranger to the courts and I made a point of telling you the last time that your suspended sentence would be activated if you did it again,” said Mr Warner.

Dill explained that he had been looking for “scarce” work, and that when he started drinking he got depressed.

“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop and I’m depressed because I can’t find work,” he said.

He apologised to the court for his actions and said he has a drinking problem.

Mr Warner replied: “This is not the first time that you’ve told me this story, over and over again, clearly you are not interested.”

He reactivated the 30-day prison sentence suspended last year, and added another 30 days to it.

The 60-day sentence will be followed by two years’ probation during which time Dill will receive drug, alcohol and social rehabilitation.

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Published February 26, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated February 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm)

‘Idle hands are the devil’s workshop and I’m depressed because I can’t find work’

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