Grantham court: Wanted man hid in kitchen cupboard

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The court heard how a wanted man was discovered by police hiding in the kitchen cupboard of his aunt’s house.

Daniel Neiva, 28, of Norton Street, Grantham failed to attend court on January 5.

After failing to appear a warrant was issued for his arrest, officers turned up to another Grantham address,where his aunt made it clear that she didn’t want him returning to her house, said prosecutor Shelley Wilson.

Appearing in custody on Monday, Neiva pleaded guilty to stealing a drill from Grantham’s B&Q store.

Mrs Wilson described how on December 13 at around 5pm, the Neiva was captured on CCTV entering the hardware store at about 5pm and putting the item in an ASDA bag, before walking out without paying.

Then on December 15 at 6.15pm Neiva entered the Co-Op store on Princess Drive and took a total of six bottles of whiskey costing £144, which he hid in a bag and down his trousers.

The most recent offence occured shortly after 6pm on December 23, when Neiva was caught by a PCSO on duty in ASDA walking out of the supermarket with more than £200 worth of unbagged goods in a trolley.

Julian Sheen, defending, said that at the time of the thefts Neiva had ‘a significant drugs problem’, but that he had since resolved this.

Neiva admitted failure to comply with the order on the grounds that he had not kept in contact with his offender manager.

Magistrates revoked the community order and gave Neiva an eight week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, and ordered him to pay £144 in compensation to the Co-Op.

He was not required to pay costs or a victim surcharge.