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Man handed hefty fine for stealing food

Wed, 04 Feb 2015

Stealing a sticky toffee pudding from Marks and Spencer has ended up costing a Douglas man almost £800.

26-year old Dean Ellison appeared at Douglas Courthouse yesterday for sentencing after pleading guilty to theft.

He was caught shoplifting on January 7th - among the other items he stole were some smoked cheese, an Eccles cake and a cookie.

He disguised the items as he was using the self-service till - the total value of his shopping would have been £7.80.

Ellison's crime was aggravated by the fact he was on bail at the time after being charged with handling stolen goods in May last year.

He'd previously pleaded guilty to possessing a tub of strawberry protein powder which his advocate said he'd chosen to turn "a blind eye" to - despite knowing it was stolen.

Sentencing him Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes fined him £200 for handling the stolen goods and £400 for the theft.

He was also ordered to pay £60 in compensation and £125 in prosecution costs bringing his total fine to £784.99.

Ellison, who is currently unemployed, must pay the fine back at a rate of £10 per week.

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