A FORMER drug addict stole following a relapse after his beloved grandma died, a court heard.
Thomas Wilson, of Gledhill Terrace in Dewsbury Moor, was before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
He admitted stealing £48 worth of meat from Asda in the town on June 6. Wilson was detained by store staff and the good were recovered.
The Huddersfield bench was told that the 31-year-old has 57 previous convictions, including shop theft.
His solicitor Simon Lindley said that Wilson’s ‘unenviable’ record was due to his past drug problems. He said his client had been clean for some time but turned back to drugs following his personal tragedy.
Mr Lindley said: “He’s a young man who has had a very severe drug dependency and has committed offences to fund that habit. It’s disappointing that he finds himself back before the court.
“What’s caused him to relapse is the death of his nan, he didn’t cope very well and found some solace in drugs.”
Mr Lindley said that when Wilson turned back to drugs he was threatened with violence for non payment. This prompted him to make the ‘foolish’ decision to steal once again, he said.
The bench was told that Wilson is now back working with Lifeline Kirklees drug alcohol treatment service. He has also been referred for bereavement counselling to try and get back on track.
Magistrates gave Wilson a community order for 12 months, including an activity requirement for 30 days. He was also given a three-month curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am.