Man in debt stole wallet he found

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A MAN, struggling financially, admitted taking a wallet he had found, a court heard.

Nathan James Porter, 20, admitted the theft of a wallet on March 3 and assaulting his partner Michelle Fields on April 29, when he appeared before High Peak magistrates on Monday.

Karina Lyon defending said: “In relation to the assault allegations that took place following an argument.”

She said her client had been suffering from paranoia and had been extremely insecure about the relationship.

She said Porter, who had never been in trouble before, had since sought medical help and was looking to get back into employment.

“He found the wallet and initially thought he would to hand it back but accepts he didn’t do so. He wasn’t working and was struggling financially.”

Ms Lyon said Miss Fields had retracted her statement but the defendant had accepted his guilt from the outset.

Magistrate David Dusgate referring to the theft said: “It is something that wasn’t planned and you just took an opportunity and have probably regretted it ever since.” Porter, of Eccles Road, Chapel, was conditionally discharged for six months for the theft.

For the assault he was ordered to pay a fine, costs and government surcharge totalling £166.