Buxton whiskey thief fined

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A New Mills shoplifter stole whiskey and was chased through a Buxton precinct, a court heard.

Carl Whittle admitted taking an £18 bottle of Jack Daniels from Marks and Spencers in the Springs Shopping Centre on July 17. He was sentenced at High Peak Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The 29-year-old, of Jubilee Street, was spotted by staff in store making his way to the door with the bottle. An employee questioned the defendant, who replied: “What bottle?” before changing tact, claiming he had bought the whiskey.

When challenged for a receipt, Whittle rummaged in his pockets while walking to the edge of the precinct and running off, prompting the employee to give chase.

John Cooper, prosecuting, said his previous convictions included two shoplifting matters last month.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said at the time of the offence her client was a victim of bullying. She said he also suffered from epilepsy and depression.

Whittle was fined £55 and was ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge, £85 court costs and £18 compensation.