Man stole liqueur to cope with problems

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A man with mental health problems stole a bottle of liqueur to help him deal with his severe stress.

Samuel Stewart, 26, of Johnson Road, Marton, pleaded guilty to theft.

He suffers from anxiety, depression and panic attacks and sometimes gets so stressed he is unable to say his own name

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 compensation with £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said a security officer monitoring CCTV at Sainsbury’s, Talbot Road, saw Stewart take a bottle of Disaronno valued at £15 and leave without paying on June 9 about 8.30pm.

The security officer followed him and tried to detain Stewart, but he escaped with the bottle

Robert Castle told magistrates: “He suffers from anxiety, depression and panic attacks and sometimes gets so stressed he is unable to say his own name.”