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Homeless fish thief fined $800

A homeless man with a “penchant for codfish” has received a hefty fine in Magistrates' Court.

Craig Simmons admitted stealing two packages of fish and butter from Arnold's Market on St John's Road in Pembroke, on July 6. He apologised to the court.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner told him: “This is the second time you knowingly went in and stole codfish. You feel that it's your own private stash and you can go take codfish when you want?”

A store manager noticed that Simmons, 52, looked nervous and avoided staff, the court heard.

A customer later said they'd seen Simmons place two packets of fish in his pocket before leaving.

He returned at 3.30pm, when staff saw him place two packets of butter in his pocket. Simmons asked them not to call police, and left in a car.

Police were given the items by Simmons' mother, when they went to her house on Berkeley Road in Pembroke.

Simmons' lawyer Phil Perinchief noted his client had been in trouble before for a similar offence, and that he had a penchant for codfish.

Mr Warner fined Simmons $800 for the offence as well as $750 for previous traffic offences.

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Published August 23, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated August 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm)

Homeless fish thief fined $800

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