A MAN has been handed a suspended sentence after admitting to stealing from charity in a moment of madness.
David Adams of Beechtrees, Skelmersdale, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft and a failure to surrender to police bail and Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard that on January 28 Adams entered a local pharmacy, where he was a regular customer, and had become aware of a charity box on the counter of the shop.
He then proceeded to take the Cancer Research UK charity box, containing £7.80, from the counter and placed it inside his jacket.
He then picked up his prescription and left the store.
Prosecuting Katie Beattie said staff examined CCTV the moment they realised the box was missing.
Having recognised Adams from coming in the shop on numerous occasions, police were called.
He was arrested and upon interview admitted everything saying he felt guilty but had already spent the cash and therefore there was not much he could do about the situation.
Not only this, Adams was also charged with a second theft offence on December 6 last year.
Here, it was revealed the 34-year-old stole meat to the value of £44 from Marks and Spencer in Wigan town centre.
Defending Graham Simpson said Adams had been financially struggling and it had been a moment of madness.
Magistrates assigned to the case said Adams needed to be punished as he had showed complete disregard for other people’s property.
He was given a 12 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.
Adams was also ordered to undertake a six-month drug rehabilitation course alongside supervision.
He was also told ot pay £200 costs, £80 victim surcharge and £7 compensation.