Benefits sanction led to shop theft

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A CONDITIONAL discharge has been imposed on a man who stole from Morrisons to feed himself.

Fred Patterson, 46, of Gladstone Street, Darlington admitted stealing £21.59 worth of meat from the supermarket when he appeared at Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, February 6).

The court heard that Patterson’s benefits had been sanctioned leaving him with no money to buy food.

After hearing that he was already subject to a 12-month community sentence, magistrates ordered a conditional discharge to run alongside the existing order.

They also told Patterson to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

STOLEN RUM: A man with an alcohol problem admitted stealing a bottle of rum from a Darlington Co-op store.

Michael Prouse, 50, of High Northgate, pleaded guilty to the theft of the £17.49 bottle when he appeared at Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, February 6).

The court heard he was already under a supervision order which runs until March 2015 so magistrates ordered a 12-month conditional discharge and a £15 victim surcharge to be paid.

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10:36pm Thu 6 Feb 14

diabolical says...

Problem with benefits seems to be the latest excuse nowadays ! What's the problem ? If it's a sanction this is a financial penalty for someone not doing what they have agreed to do to satisfy the conditions to receive that benefit. It is a Government financial penalty imposed by the Jobcentre. Not an excuse, it's just people twisting about the 'something for nothing' welfare state being much stricter than these lifelong benefit dependant oxygen thieves have been used to most of their thieving lives. Chop of their hands. Its a sad shame where the penalties issued by the Jobcentre are stricter than those of the Court service. Why not replace Magistrates and Judges with some benefits staff ? They don't listen to made up, pathetic excuses, some don't even have a heart !
Problem with benefits seems to be the latest excuse nowadays ! What's the problem ? If it's a sanction this is a financial penalty for someone not doing what they have agreed to do to satisfy the conditions to receive that benefit. It is a Government financial penalty imposed by the Jobcentre. Not an excuse, it's just people twisting about the 'something for nothing' welfare state being much stricter than these lifelong benefit dependant oxygen thieves have been used to most of their thieving lives. Chop of their hands. Its a sad shame where the penalties issued by the Jobcentre are stricter than those of the Court service. Why not replace Magistrates and Judges with some benefits staff ? They don't listen to made up, pathetic excuses, some don't even have a heart ! diabolical
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