A MAN stole from a supermarket as he struggled when his benefit money was cut.
Neil McIntosh, of Hoyle House Fold in Linthwaite, appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
He admitted the theft from the Castlegate branch of Lidl on May 3.
Vanessa Schofield, prosecuting, said that the 49-year-old was witnessed entering the supermarket.
He was pushing a trolley and holding a large holdall, in which he placed several items.
The store security guard continued to watch as McIntosh paid for just the food he had placed in his trolley.
He was stopped and the stolen food and drink, worth over £43, was recovered.
The court heard that McIntosh had been an alcoholic for the last six years.
Rachel Smith, mitigating, said that he was now working to turn his life around.
However, at the time of his offence his benefits had been reduced and he was struggling.
Miss Smith said: “He was struggling to make ends meet and was living off £40 a week.
“He’d got the funds to buy the food but chose not to use his money for that.”
Magistrates gave McIntosh a community order with alcohol treatment for nine months.
They also ordered him to pay £60 victim surcharge.