Thief faced up to his crimes

A thief faced up to his offending when barred from shops - leaving him unable to buy groceries for his family.

Magistrates heard the bail condition was imposed on father-of-one Matthew Fretwell who took £310 worth of goods from Gizmo’s, a mobile phone shop on Bath Street, Ilkeston.

Sue McGarver, mitigating, told the court:”He found himself standing outside shops, waiting to give someone money to buy milk for him to take home.

“He is responsible and has to provide for his family. This has really brought it home.”

A six-month supervision order was imposed on Fretwell, 31, of Bennerley Avenue, Ilkeston. He admitted theft from the shop on August 13. He must pay £85 prosecution costs.

Michael Law, prosecuting, said the goods had been in a cabinet which was usually locked. Fretwell was later seen nearby and all the items were recovered.

Miss McGarver said Fretwell had been a drug user for a decade but had been free of them for up to four years.

He has a year-old son and a partner, living with them in a house his mother bought. He hoped to get weekend work.

“This is probably the most stable he is ever going to be. This is a different person,” she told the hearing in Derby.