A man who stole cash from his father also admitted to the theft of a woman's handbag, both in Spalding
A man who stole a handbag from a woman in Spalding has been told that his actions could have resulted in jail.
Daniel Markham-Bright (28), who has a correspondence address in Holbeach St Marks, admitted to two charges of theft at Boston Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Markham-Bright was told by District Judge Peter Veits that if there had been "any suggestion" of him having pushed the woman who owned the handbag over, a prison sentence would have been imposed.
Shelley Wilson, prosecuting, told the judge that the first incident, on Thursday, August 22, unfolded when Markham-Bright went to his father's home in Spalding and asked for money so he could attend a job interview in Peterborough.
Ms Wilson said: "When his father refused, Markham-Bright said: 'I'll rob you then' before he took £20 from his wallet and left the house."
Judge Veits then heard details about the second incident which took place on Sunday, August 25, when Markham-Bright was seen on CCTV to go across to a woman who had fallen onto a pavement after drinking and steal her handbag from off her shoulder.
However, Markham-Bright was stopped by members of the public and the police were called.
Ms Wilson confirmed that Markham-Bright subsequently admitted to the offences when he was arrested by police.
Philippa Chatterton, mitigating, said Markham-Bright had lived a "nomadic lifestyle" by sofa surfing and was addicted to drugs for many years.
The judge was also told by Ms Chatterton that at the time of his offences, Markham-Bright had no accommodation after a relationship had ended.
"The defendant was high on drugs on both occasions when the offences occurred," Miss Chatterton said.
After Judge Veits learned that Markham-Bright was on a community order, he issued a new one covering all the offences, with one of the requirements being 20 days of rehabilitation.
Markham-Bright was also ordered to pay his father £20 in compensation, along with costs and charges totalling £175.
Sentencing Markham-Bright, Judge Veits told him: "If there had been any suggestion that you had pushed this lady over, you would be going to prison now."