Man stole to feed addiction to booze

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A man who stole from a shop so he could buy alcohol has now beaten his addiction, a judge was told.

Anthony Gilligan, 43, of Windsor Avenue, South Shore, pleaded guilty to theft.

He was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £20 compensation with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Alexandra Simmons sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Philip Hall, prosecuting, said on June 12 Gilligan stole three jars of coffee from Tesco Express and when caught said he did it to pay for alcohol.

Brett Chappell, defending, said Gilligan’s life had been blighted firstly by heroin and then drink. At the time of the offence Gilligan was addicted to alcohol and his benefits money had been suspended.

He was now teetotal since getting treatment.