A FARTOWN man has appeared in court – after rummaging in a skip to find booze.
But James Aubrey’s antics proved to be a sobering experience after magistrates ordered him to pay over £100.
Aubrey, of Hammond Street, admitted a charge of being found in an enclosed yard for the purpose of theft.
Vanessa Schofield, prosecuting, said that police were called to the premises of Booker Cash and Carry on July 17.
Aubrey had been witnessed in the yard of the Red Doles Lane site at 8.30pm.
Ms Schofield said: “Police attended and saw him come from around the rear.
“He had a carrier bag in his hand with four cans of cider which were damaged having been put in the skip there.”
Kirklees magistrates were told that the 36-year-old made honest admissions when he was interviewed by police.
Ms Schofield said: “He said he had climbed over two fences to look in the bins.
“The defendant said he was going to take the cans home and drink them.
“He told police he was looking for food, he was struggling he said because he was not working and on benefits.”
Magistrates fined Aubrey £35 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.