King’s Lynn man stole aftershave after relationship split

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A man stole hundreds of pounds worth of aftershave from a Lynn store while in a “low mood” following the end of his relationship, magistrates have heard.

Ray Harper, 31, of London Road, Lynn, pleaded guilty to a single charge of theft during a court hearing yesterday.

The court heard Harper went into the Debenhams store in the High Street on September 16 with another man, whose case was dealt with separately.

Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, described the incident as a “joint enterprise” in which five fragrance items, worth a total of £329 were put into a bag before the pair left without paying.

They were stopped outside the store and the goods were recovered.

Ian Graham, mitigating, said that, having been a heroin addict for 15 years, Harper had been clean for almost a year, apart from a couple of relapses.

He said his client had been in “a particularly low mood” on the day of the offence after his partner ended their seven-year relationship.

But he added: “He instructs me in very clear terms this is the first and last time he is going to do anything like this.”

Harper was given a 12 month conditional discharge and told to pay a £180 criminal courts charge, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.