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Homeless man stole fragrance tester from Gaywood supermarket to smell better, court told

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A Lynn man who was homeless has been fined for stealing a fragrance tester to help make him smell better.

James Pinner, 36, was also before the court for stealing food and alcohol worth £217.35 from Tesco in Gaywood.

Town magistrates were told he used a pair of pliers to remove the security tags from some of the items on November 26 last year.

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The offence was captured on CCTV and the good were recovered after Pinner was stopped outside the St Faith’s Drive store.

The theft of the tester had occurred seven days earlier at the High Street branch of Boots in Lynn.

The court was told that Pinner, who pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, was due to be sentenced for other matters on Wednesday.

Solicitor George Sorrell, mitigating, told the bench it was some time since the defendant had last been before a court so the offences were “out of character”.

“You might ask what brought it about,” he added. “He was homeless at the time and struggling with drink and other bad habits – he was in a very poor place.

“He’s since been accommodated in Grange Hotel by the local council and there’s been no further offending.

“The reason for the tester theft is that he wanted to feel better about himself by smelling nicely – he’s quite honest about that.

“And the theft of the toys and alcohol was to sell to get money for food and other items he needed.”

Pinner, of Gaywood Road, was fined £80 and ordered to pay £10 compensation to Boots and £34 victim surcharge.

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