A MAN pleaded guilty to stealing meat worth £52, a Huddersfield court heard yesterday.
Darren Marsden, 35, of Longley Road, Longley, stole the meat from Asda at their premises in Aspley on June 5.
Catherine McCullagh, in mitigation, said it was an “unsophisticated” offence which had been committed “due to financial circumstances.”
She told the bench at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court: “He used the meat primarily for himself and for his friends.”
The defendant was receiving Job Seekers’ Allowance, but in the past had worked as a labourer on building sites.
She said he was a father of two children aged 13 and five years old, but added they did not live with him.
John Rotchell, chairman of the bench, made a community order including a curfew from 7pm to 7am.
He ordered Marsden to pay compensation of £52.45, but made no order for costs or victim surcharge.