A MAN stole after spending a fortune on train journeys to see his son.
Scott Rickson claimed his only motivation behind the theft from a Holmfirth supermarket was his desperation to visit the three-year-old.
But he is now facing Christmas behind bars after Kirklees magistrates jailed him for 20 weeks.
The Huddersfield bench had heard how Rickson stole £158 worth of goods from the Co-op in Market Street on November 3.
He was seen entering the store by a member of staff watching the CCTV footage.
The 32-year-old walked to one aisle where he selected eight packets of razors and hid them in his coat.
He then took six bottles of Gordon’s gin, which he covered using stolen loves of bread and left the supermarket.
Rickson was detained outside by staff who then called police.
He offered to pay for the items but they declined this offer.
Rickson said in interview that he was not working.
He tested positive for cocaine, but claimed his anxiety medication affected the result.
Magistrates were told that Rickson, of Cawthorne Road in Barnsley, was earlier this year jailed for 14 weeks for shoplifting.
His theft from the Holmfirth supermarket came just 10 days after his release from Doncaster prison.
Jamie Wake, mitigating, said that Rickson was not given his promised community care grant following his release.
She said that this left him struggling for cash as he spent what he had on getting to see his son.
Miss Wake said: “His son is the focus of his life but lives in Lincoln with his mother.
“He goes regularly to see him but it’s a five-and-a-half hour train journey and it’s been costing him a fortune.
“That’s the reason for these offences. On this occasion he was desperate to see his son as he had not seen him for a considerable time.”
Miss Wake said that her client had since sorted his benefits out and was hoping to have more access to his son in the future.
She added: “His record for theft is terrible, but he’s now got himself on the straight and narrow.”
But magistrates pointed out to Rickson that he was still subject to prison recall when he committed the offence.
They sentenced to him to 10 weeks in prison for this plus 10 weeks for the new offence.