Hungry man stole meals

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
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A Buxton man stole two ready meals from a shop because he had no money and was hungry, a court heard.

Paul Lever went into the Co-op on Scarsdale Place in Buxton on November 30, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. He was seen to take two Chicken Tikka ready meals from the shelf and then take a bottle of water from the fridge and leave the store without paying, prosecutor John Cooper said.

In interview, he apologised and said he was starving but had no money to pay for the items.

The 48-year-old, of Eagle Parade, admitted theft.

Annis Rowlands, defending, said: “It was not sophisticated, there was nothing clever about what he did.”

Lever was given a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £9 compensation, £40 costs and a £15 surcharge.