DRUG addict and prolific shoplifter Kevin Moore has been given a six-week prison sentence -–three weeks after becoming the third of three brothers to get an anti-social behaviour order.
Moore, of Cornwall Street, Newtown is prevented from entering any retail premises within Chester inner ring road and the Greyhound retail park until 2013.
The 39-year-old appeared at Chester Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday, November 20) charged with stealing toiletries worth £31.43 from the One Stop Shop in Weston Grove, Upton on November 7.
After initially pleading not guilty to the offence, he had a change of heart while still in custody and later returned to court to change his plea.
Julie Barr, prosecuting, said Moore is a “prolific shoplifter” with 34 previous convictions for theft and he was sentenced to four weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, on October 15.
She added: “A member of staff saw Moore on CCTV and recognised him. He was seen to take shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and shower gel. He approached the till and asked if Pantene was the only brand stocked before leaving without paying.”
Stephen Ferns, defending, said Moore had already been imprisoned twice this year, having been sentenced to 26 weeks in May and a further six weeks concurrent in June, before the suspended sentence that was imposed on October 15.
He added: “Mr Moore has a strong drug habit for which he receives a daily script for methadone. As his regular chemist was within the exclusion zone identified on his anti-social behaviour order, he was unable to receive his prescription.
“He has been forced to go back to illegal drugs and that is the reason he has committed this offence. He has been trying to tackle his drug habit but it is a well-embedded problem and he has been unable to comply with a previous community order due to his associated health issues.”
Magistrates gave him credit for his eventual guilty plea but activated the suspended sentence and added a consecutive period of two weeks, making a total of six weeks.