Shoplifter escaped work order after having pacemaker fitted
A 19-YEAR-OLD shoplifter escaped being forced to do unpaid work after the court heard he had a pacemaker fitted.
District Judge Andrew Pascoe, sitting at Grimsby Magistrates' Court, heard Ceri Ferguson, 19, of Castle Street, Grimsby, had admitted stealing perfumes valued at almost £40 from TK Maxx.
Prosecuting, Rebecca Dalby, said Ferguson had been spotted taking two boxes of perfume, removing the security tags and putting them into a changing bag.
He and his female companion left the store without paying.
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He also admitted being in breach of a conditional discharge and suspended sentence.
Speaking for Ferguson, Roy Foreman said his client had kept out of trouble for almost 12 months. He added Ferguson had secured employment with Country Foods provided he passed a medical.
However, the court was unwilling to impose unpaid work as a punishment without hearing results of the medical and instead ordered him to complete a six week curfew and pay £85 costs, with a £60 victim's surcharge.