"Man stole perfume to pay for food", magistrates are told
A MAN stole from a department store because his benefits had been stopped and he could not afford to eat, Swansea Magistrates Court has heard.
Jason Roberts said his benefits had been stopped for six weeks and when he finally received them, he was robbed and his fortnightly payment of £182 had been taken from him, forcing him to go and steal the items.
Roberts, aged 34, of Baptist Well Street, Waun Wen, admitted theft and told police he had been forced to take the four bottles of perfume — worth £272 — from the Swansea branch of Debenhams to sell them so he could afford to buy food.
Robin Reed, appearing for Roberts, said his client had been living on handouts from food banks and soup kitchens after his benefits had been stopped when he failed to attend an appointment.
Magistrates imposed an 18-month conditional discharge and told Roberts to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.