Grantham court: Man breached his conditional discharge for the third time

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An unemployed man breached a conditional discharge for the third time when he stole a bottle of Ralph Lauren fragrance from Boots.

Daryell Fottles, 55, of Manthorpe Road, Grantham, pleaded guilty to stealing the fragrance from the store on August 20.

He admitted breaching the conditional discharge which was imposed in August to last 18 months.

Prosecuting Jim Clare said Boots contacted the police at 10.30am after detaining Fottles who had taken a bottle of aftershave, put it in his jacket, and walked out.

Police arrested him and he fully admitted what he had done.

Mr Clare said Fottles had breached the discharge twice before but no action had been taken.

Fottles, who was not represented, told the court he was not working and was hoping to get Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Kiran Patel, of the National Probation Service, said Fottles had stolen the perfume in order to sell it so he could buy food.

He said the defendant was currently on licence having been released from prison following a “lengthy” custodial sentence.

Fottles is a former heroin addict and is currently on a methodone prescription.

He has regular appointments at an addiction clinic.

Mr Patel said the defendant had previously committed offences to fund his heroin habit but this was no longer the case.

Taking Fottles’ issues into account, magistrates imposed a 12-week jail sentence, suspended for a year.

He was also ordered to pay a criminal courts charge of £150 and a victim surcharge of £80.

Magistrate Kevin Moody said: “Things on the whole seem to be better than they were a few years ago.

“Because of that we want to give you the chance to turn yourself around, because we know it’s not an instant thing when you have got a record like yourself.

“It’s something that happens gradually.”