A cash-strapped father was accused of ‘outstanding foolishness’ by his own solicitor after raiding a South Tyneside store while subject to a suspended sentence.
David Regan stole nearly £20 worth of meat and a shoe insole from Morrisons in Jarrow after being thrown into ‘financial crisis’ due to losing his job.
The 22-year-old carried out the offence on June 4 – less than two months after being given a 12-week prison term, suspended for 24 months, for an assault on his partner.
Regan, of Leam Lane, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to a charge of shop theft but magistrates conceded it would not be in the ‘interests of justice’ to jail him.
He was instead handed a conditional discharge but warned he would be likely to be locked up if he offends again.
Gerry Scott, defending, said: “This is outstanding foolishness from a defendant given a chance by your colleagues in Gateshead in relation to a dissimilar matter, an assault on his partner and the mother of his children.
“He had lost his job and was thrown into financial crisis.”