Milford man stole after blowing benefit money on booze

By Observer Reporter in Crime

A Milford man who stole food items after blowing his benefits cash on booze has been fined in court.

Thirty-five-year-old Anthony Manche, appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday, to plead guilty to charges of stealing food items to the value of £26 from Iceland in Haverfordwest, and £55 worth of food items from Poundland on April 28.

Prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the court that at around 2 pm on the day, Mr. Manche was seen going into the Iceland store with a female friend, and place various items in his jacket.

“The biggest item that he concealed was a leg of lamb!” explained Mr. Pritchard-Jones.

“Two hours later the pair went into Haverfordwest’s Poundland shop and Mr. Manche selected a large number of items which were put into bags and then left the store before being apprehended. He has a number of previous convictions,” he added.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Webb told the court that Mr. Manche, had been out with a friend and drink had been consumed.

“They are both on benefits and money had been spent on drink that day, so Mr. Manche foolishly decided to make back what had been spent on alcohol by stealing food stuff,” he said.

Magistrates fined Mr. Manche £40 for each offence and ordered him to pay compensation of £26 to the Iceland store.

He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a £30 victim surcharge.