A THIEF battling booze problems was told he could die a “painful and disgusting” death after stealing alcohol from a supermarket.
The warning came after Liam Beveridge, of Simonside Hall, South Shields, stole two bottles of Jagermeister.
The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to theft at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said Beveridge went into the Asda store in Leechmere, Sunderland, and went straight to the alcohol aisle.
He said: “He selected two bottles and put them into a carrier bag before walking past the tills, where he made no attempt to pay.
“He was stopped by staff immediately, and was arrested.
“In his interview, he said he had been drinking all day and he was going to drink the bottles, had he been successful in his mission.”
The court heard that Beveridge had totted up 22 convictions over the last four-and-a-half years, and had appeared in court about 15 times last year.
He is also serving a suspended sentence of 32 weeks imposed on December 18, after being caught stealing speakers from a shop in Sunderland and DVDs from HMV in Newcastle.
Tom Morgan, defending, said: “He is clearly someone who has problems with alcohol. He spends most of his waking day consuming alcohol.
“This means he wakes up at 2pm, and begins drinking as soon as he wakes up.
“He has not always had this problem.
“It was that he was a binge drinker, which is something you commonly see when the binge stretches out until someone is drinking all day.”
Mr Morgan added that Beveridge left home aged 17, after a row between his mother and stepfather and had “very little to show” for the last four years but he now wanted to stop drinking and turn his life around.
Chairman Bob Francis said: “You have got a suspended sentence hanging over your head, and this bench could have put some more time on that, if it felt like it.
“But we are going to involve the Probation Service.
“We know you have not been co-operating with them.”
He said: “You are going to end up with liver disease.
“I have seen people dying from liver disease and there is nothing noble about it. It is quite painful and disgusting.”
Beveridge was given a 12-month community order, with a £60 victim surcharge.