A drug addict threatened to burn down a pharmacy when staff refused to serve him after he tried to steal from the till.
The staff member wouldn’t hand over the 36-year-old’s heroin replacement drug after he was caught helping himself to £20 from the till.
Hall, of Trinity Street in Huddersfield, was found guilty after a trial of attempted theft, threatening behaviour and racially-aggravated threatening behaviour.
The court heard that Hall, a drug addict since the age of 15, went to Lockwood Road pharmacy on August 26.
He needed a prescription for Subutex, which is given to heroin users to help wean them off addiction.
Vanessa Jones, prosecuting, said: “He had to go there to be prescribed and administered the medication and the shop assistant left the shop floor for a moment.
“He was seen fiddling with something at the counter and the till was opened.Then he reached across and took £20.”
Hall was then told by pharmacist Ibrar Khokar that due to what he’d seen on the footage he was not willing to deal with him and give him his medication.
He became aggressive and verbally abusive towards Mr Khokar, referring to him as a P**i.
Mrs Jones said: “He said he would come back and light the shop on fire and burn it to the ground.
“Other customers were there and Mr Khokar said he found this very upsetting.”
Marnat Ali, mitigating, said his client’s life was blighted by drug taking.
He told magistrates: “He started taking drugs at the age of 15, then for 20 years he’s battled with that addiction alongside alcohol. His father committed suicide, his mother has moved to Spain and he’s found himself alone and now trying to rid himself of drugs again.
“This offence took place when he was using Subutex in a bid to move away from drugs.”
Magistrates sentenced Hall to a community order as a direct alternative to custody.
This included 20 days of rehabilitative activities and a nine-month drug rehabilitation order.
Hall also has to abide by a two-week curfew and pay £1,000 court charge, £200 costs and £60 victim surcharge.