Judge offers shoplifter a chance to break drug addiction

A MAN caught shoplifting and in breach of his ASBO has been given the chance to break his addiction to Class A drugs. Daniel Miller, 23, was freed from jail to go on a 12-month drug testing programme where he will be supervised by probation officers. Mill

A MAN caught shoplifting and in breach of his ASBO has been given the chance to break his addiction to Class A drugs.

Daniel Miller, 23, was freed from jail to go on a 12-month drug testing programme where he will be supervised by probation officers.

Miller of Kymswell, Stevenage, appeared for sentence on Friday at Luton Crown Court for two counts of shoplifting and for breaching his ASBO.

Prosecutor Colin Banham said that Miller stole a £139 LCD television from ASDA on August 29. He had hidden the television under his jacket.


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Then on October 13 he stole a 500ml bottle of Coke from the Co-op store in The Hyde, Stevenage. A condition of his ASBO was that he should not go to shops in The Hyde because he had shoplifted there in the past, said the prosecutor.

When arrested, Miller said he had stolen the TV to sell to pay for drugs. He said he was walking through the Hyde as a cut-through on his way to his girlfriend's house when he stole the Coke. He told the police he did not know why he had done it.

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Judge Michael Kay QC said Miller was a persistent shoplifter who was a "nuisance to society."

He said Miller had already spent weeks in custody. He told him he was passing the 12 month Community Order to "assist you to get off drugs and to assist everyone else by getting rid or your anti social behaviour.

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