Grantham court: Serial shoplifter tagged and put under curfew

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A 43-year-old man has pleaded guilty to five counts of stealing goods from supermarkets in Grantham.

Raymond Binnie of Sidney Street, Grantham, was charged with three counts of stealing razor blades from Morrisons, one count of stealing a DVD player from the same store, and a further count of stealing toiletries from the Co-op on Dysart Road.

Prosecutor Tracey Ross detailed how on March 6 he was seen by staff walking out of Morrisons in the Isaac Newton centre with the DVD player valued at £29, and was caught on CCTV taking £125 worth of razor blades on April 21, having previously taken razor blades of an unknown value from the supermarket on February 27 and 28.

In the latest incident Binnie was caught on CCTV taking £15.24 worth of toiletries from the Co-op on May 14.

Bill Fraser, defending, asked the magistrates to give his client credit for his early guilty plea.

He added that Binnie who had been remanded in custody since May 29 had been assaulted by fellow prisoners and currently had brusing to his face.

Mr Fraser added: “A drug rehabilitation order is what he really needs”, although no direct reference to drug taking was made in court.

Although magistrates warned Binnie that they had been ‘minded to go the custody route’, they ruled that Binnie should serve a supervised community order lasting 12 months, and attend Addaction for six months.

Binnie must also wear an electronic tag and comply with a curfew to remain at his home on Sidney Street between 7pm and 7am for three months and paycompensation totalling £225.24.