Jail term for drug addict who went on shoplifting spree to feed habit

A man who went on a shoplifting spree to feed his drug habit was jailed for four months when he appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court today.

Adam Nelson, 21, who had been on remand in Aberdeen, had previously pleaded guilty to stealing goods valued at £340 from Lerwick shops. These included two pairs of jeans from Aspects on 4th March, two bottles of spirits from Tesco on 27th March, two bottles of spirits on two occasions, 12th April and 25th April, from the Co-op, a bedding set from Bolt’s on 28th April and a make-up kit from Laing’s chemist the same day.

Only £50 worth of goods have been recovered. A not guilty plea to taking a taxi from Lerwick to Brae on 21st February without paying the £40 fare was accepted.

Defence solicitor Tommy Allan said Nelson still had two days to go on a drug treatment and testing order and was currently “clean”. He intended to remain clean and wanted to go to the rehab project in Papa Stour when he was released.

Referring to a previous incident when Nelson had stolen a boat to escape from Papa Stour and nearly lost his life in the attempt, Mr Allan jokingly said he would encourage Nelson to use a lifejacket next time. On a more serious note Mr Allan said: “He knows he’s had a chance and knows what’s involved. He’s more realistic now.”

Mr Allan then asked Sheriff Graeme Napier to consider reducing Nelson’s sentence because of the motivation he had shown.

The sheriff said he would give Nelson the benefit of the doubt, and sentenced him to four months imprisonment backdated to 4th May.


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