Spalding man pleads guilty to stealing recently-purchased children’s shoes

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A man whose good intentions didn’t pan out the way he had planned has received a conditional discharge for the theft of three pairs of shoes.

Stanley Mathew Kilbon (45), of The Meadows, Spalding, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to the theft of the shoes, valued at £54.98.

Prosecutor Jim Clare told the court how the Smith family had been out shopping at Springfields in Spalding on December 2, where they had bought the children’s shoes.

He said they stopped for lunch at Subway and after leaving the father realised they had left their shopping behind. However, on returning to the shop they found the bags gone.

Store CCTV, said Mr Clare, showed Kilbon remove the bags and walk out of the shop.

A statement from the father said: “This incident has not had a personal affect on myself. However, my wife was very upset that this type of dishonesty would occur. My enjoyment of my day with my family was ruined by this event.”

Defending, Philipa Chatterton told the court that her client was an alcoholic and had been for a number of years – previously living a “nomadic lifestyle” and currently living in supported housing with Framework.

She said that on the day in question, he “was in drink” and saw the bags he believed to be abandoned.

She said that “in his alcohol state of mind” he had decided to try to hand the shoes in, but seeing Subway was busy decided to try handing it in at the information desk next door.

She said that when he went in the area, there was nobody sat at the desk, so he decided to go to the police station and went to the water taxi.

She said: “He then starts to consume more and more alcohol and has no recollection of where the shoes went.”

She said he made full admissions in interview and even offered to pay for the missing shoes.

He was also now being treated to get his condition under control.

She said: “His honourable intentions went the more alcohol he consumed later that day.”

Magistrates have given Kilbon a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £54.98 compensation and £35 contribution to costs.