A drug addict was able to avoid fines for shoplifting today.
Oliver James Bland, 28, of St Clements Gardens, Bournemouth pleaded guilty to theft in the ASDA shopping centre, Bournemouth Magistrates Court heard today.
Andrew Newman, prosecuting, said Bland appeared in the ASDA store on March 9 this year with a blue bag and stole alcohol worth £17.75. He was arrested on the spot and interviewed by police.
Mark Proctor, defending, said Bland was a typical drug addict who tried to get off heroin three times.
''I ask you to give him one last chance. He does fully understand that he did a wrong thing and regrets it,'' Mr Proctor told the court.
Mr Proctor asked the judge to avoid fining Bland, who already owes money to the court.
District Judge Roger House said he hoped Bland would work hard to get off drugs and encouraged him, saying ''It's hard, but it's a joy to see success at the end.''
He placed a supervision order on Bland and granted him conditional bail