Plymouth alcoholic stole from silver stall
AN ALCOHOLIC stole jewellery after drinking three-quarters of a litre of vodka, a court heard.
Homeless Ian Broomhead admitted the theft of bracelets and beads worth £14 from the Silver Stall in the city-centre Armada Centre on October 15 last year.
Prosecutor Angela Furniss, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the defendant initially bought some beads from the store.
But he was then seen hiding more jewellery in his clothes, she told the court.
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Broomhead later told police he could not really remember the incident, after having drunk a 75 centilitre bottle of vodka.
Mrs Furniss said all the stolen beads and bracelets were recovered.
The court heard the offence put 50-year-old Broomhead in breach of a previous conditional discharge for theft.
Sarah Glanville, for the defendant, said he had a long history of alcoholism and also suffered from mental health difficulties.
She added Broomhead had already been punished because police had cut off the dreadlocks he had been growing for several years to recover some of the beads.
Miss Glanville said he was under the care of a psychiatrist and was also attending Harbour, the drinks and drugs counselling service.
Magistrates took no action on the previous conditional discharge and imposed another such order for 12 months for the new offence.
Broomhead was also ordered to pay £40 costs and £15 victim surcharge.