Suspended sentence for thief who stole Marie Curie charity box from Stevenage shop counter

A thief who stole a Marie Curie charity box from a Stevenage shop counter has been given a suspended

A thief who stole a Marie Curie charity box from a Stevenage shop counter has been given a suspended sentence. File photo. - Credit: Archant

A thief who stole a Marie Curie charity box from a Stevenage shop counter has been given a suspended sentence.

Rikki Banks, of Shephall Way, stole the box at Lathia Mini Market in Hepworth Court, off Chells Way, on March 30.

The box contained money donated by members of the public to Marie Curie, which supports people living with terminal illnesses.

And 37-year-old Banks pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared before Hatfield magistrates on Tuesday.

Chairman of the bench Peter Spencer sentenced him to four weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, noting the defendant’s ‘previous offending of a like nature’.

Banks also admitted a count of failing to give a sample to police to ascertain whether he had a class A drug in his body – for which he was fined £110.

In addition to the suspended sentence and fine, Banks must pay a £115 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

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