Grantham court: Addict stole bunch of flowers while on drugs

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A man whose drug addiction has seen him dig a hole into his own leg has pleaded guilty to stealing a bunch of flowers.

Daryell Fottles, 55, of Manthorpe Road, Grantham, admitted the theft of £9.99 worth of flowers from a petrol station on November 28.

He also admitted that this offence breached his suspended sentence order, imposed on September 28, 2015.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka described how Fottles was seen entering the Jet Service Station on Manthorpe Road, where he purchased some scratchcards.

However, on leaving he picked up the bunch of flowers from an outside display stand, and walked off without paying for them.

When he was arrested on January 3, Fottles told police that he had no recollection of the theft.

Rob Arthur, defending, said this client had long-term drug issues, and that he had taken some form of drug when this offence was committed.

He added that his client had recently been in hospital, after paranoia from the drugs led him to think that there was a beetle in his leg and to dig a hole into it.

Mr Arthur said that Fottles was seeking help for his addiction, and attending Addaction on a voluntary basis.

Magistrates decided not to activate Fottles’ six-week prison sentence, which had been suspended for 12 months from September, but extended its operational period by three months.

For the shop theft Fottles received a conditional discharge for 12 months, and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

No prosecution costs were awarded, but he must pay £9.99 in compensation to the store.