A man stole a bottle of whiskey from a Lynn supermarket in a bid to feed his 24 year alcohol addiction, a court heard this week.
Alan Martin, 51, of Poppyfields, West Lynn, pleaded guilty to a single charge of theft when he appeared before magistrates on Monday.
He also admitted being in breach of a conditional discharge, which was imposed last year for abstracting electricity.
The court heard Martin was challenged when he attempted to leave Sainsbury’s in Lynn on the morning of March 5, while concealing a bottle of whiskey under his jacket.
The item was recovered and Martin was arrested shortly afterwards.
During a police interview, Martin said he had been dependent on alcohol for 24 years and would have drunk the whiskey.
Mitigating solicitor Andrew Cogan said his client was in contact with the Norfolk Recovery Partnership, who were trying to secure a place for him on a rehabilitation programme.
He said: “He has to curb his drinking because he knows it will kill him and if he carries on committing petty shop thefts there really will be no hope for him at all.”
Martin was fined £40 and told to pay £20 costs, plus a £30 victim surcharge. No action was taken on the conditional discharge breach.