Stole toys for son’s birthday

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DONINGTON man Christopher Kelly stole toys and food worth £103.70 after spotting a toy he wanted to give his son for his birthday.

Christopher Kelly (38), of Summerson Close, was “thoroughly ashamed” about what happened at Sainsbury’s in Spalding on April 17, magistrates heard.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Kelly was in the store and thought: “I know my son likes Halo. I am going to take him.

“He can’t explain why that sudden leap takes place in his mind from being honest to dishonest.”

Mr Alexander said Kelly has since seen his doctor and is being given cognitive behaviour therapy.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said store staff alerted security after seeing Kelly place items in a bag and walk towards the exit.

He was challenged outside and initially refused to return to the shop, but assistance was requested via Shopwatch.

Presiding magistrate Richard Spinks told Kelly the bench would treat the offence on this occasion as being “a lapse”.

He was conditionally discharged for a year and ordered to pay £85 costs.

The court heard Kelly’s income is “zero” and he is not working.

He pleaded guilty to theft at Thursday’s hearing.