King’s Lynn man tells court he is ‘ashamed’ after shop theft

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A man told magistrates he was “ashamed” after admitting stealing clothing from a Lynn store.

Keiran Neary, 49, of High Street, Lynn, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft when he appeared before magistrates in the town on Thursday.

The court heard he took two jackets and one pair of trousers, worth a total of £231.50, from the Debenhams store, also on the High Street, on May 8. The goods were subsequently recovered.

When interviewed by police, he said he had drunk three bottles of wine while watching the previous night’s general election results and had gone for a walk when the incident happened.

He told the officers he “didn’t know what came over him” as he took the items.

But, mitigating, he said: “I do need help and I am seeking help. The only reason I did these crimes was through drinking.

“If my children knew their dad was standing here they would be ashamed, as I am.”

Neary was fined £100, plus a further £50 for a breach of a previous conditional discharge. He was also ordered to pay a £150 criminal courts charge, £50 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.