Grantham court: Stole nearly £2,500 from employer to fund migraine pill addiction

Court news
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The court heard how an addiction to migraine pills led a Grantham man to steal nearly £2,500 from his employer.

Daniel Richard Brooks, 33, of Pretoria Road, Grantham, pleaded guilty to stealing a total of £2,419.88 from Cycle Sport on Commercial Road, between January and October 2015.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka explained that the defendant had been working for the company, which sells BMXs, cycles and scooters on eBay, for nearly 11 years.

However, Brooks lost his job and was reported to police, when his employer discovered he had been transfering funds out of the company’s Paypal account into his own in various installments. He admitted his crime during police interview.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, highlighted that Brooks had no previous convictions, and said the offences began after Brooks started buying pills online to combat bad migraines. He became addicted to these, and used the stolen money to pay for them.

Mr Pye-Smith outlined how the first amount taken was only around £2, but the amounts rose until in October 2015 Brooks transferred around £1,400.

After magistrates read a report by probation, Mr Pye-Smith added that a letter from the Drugs and Alcohol Recovery Team (DART) proved Brooks had tried to address his problems before he had got into trouble with the law. Mr Pye-Smith said Brooks had relapsed during a two month period in which he had taken the higher sums of money. Since then he had succeeded in getting off his addiction.

Magistrates were also informed that Brooks is on benefits, and while his partner has a part-time job, they are struggling financially.

Brooks received a 16 week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months. As part of the order he must undertake 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £2,419.88, as well as costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £80.