A fool-hardy thief who risked being sent back to jail after a booze raid at a South Tyneside store told a court he made a ‘daft, drunken mistake’.
Garry Miller was only released from prison on licence in May but ended up back before the courts for snatching a £37 bottle of vodka from Morrisons, in Jarrow.
The 21-year-old admitted shop theft when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court and said he regretted his latest crime and was trying to get his life back on track.
Addressing magistrates, he said: “It was a daft, drunken mistake.
“I wish I hadn’t done it.
“I’m trying to sort my life out.”
Miller, of Windsor Crescent, Hebburn, carried out the theft on Monday, June 27.
Christopher Brown, defending, said Miller had been caught ‘bang to rights’.
He said Miller knew he was on his last warning and would end up back behind bars if he offended again.
Mr Brown said: “He is bang to rights.
“He fully admitted the offence to police and comes to court not seeking to avoid responsibility.
“He knows about the possibility of being recalled to prison. If he offends again, he knows where he is going.”
Magistrates heard that Miller is complying with supervision requirements overseen by the probation service since his release from custody.
Dave Errington, chairman of the magistrates, gave Miller a legal let-off – but warned him to keep out of trouble.
Miller was slapped with a six-month conditional discharge and must pay a victim surcharge of £30.