Grieving grandson ‘sorry’ for theft

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A GRIEVING grandson went into a “daze” when he stole a bottle of cider from a shop.

Daniel McLean had been “hit hard” by the death of his grandfather when he went into the Tesco Express store, in Wiltshire Way, Hartlepool, and stole a bottle of Jacques Cider.

The 18-year-old stopped just outside the store, however, and gave the alcohol back to shop staff before apologising for his behaviour.

Prosecuting, Samantha Morgan-Bayliss said: “This was a straightforward shop theft of a bottle of cider worth £4.15.

“Prior to the offence he had been speaking to some police community safety officers so everybody knew who he was.

“He stopped outside the store and the bottle of cider was recovered. He apologised for stealing the bottle.”

McLean, of Bright Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to theft on April 20 when he appeared before justices.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor said: “Mr McLean is very sorry for this offence. His grandfather recently passed away and it hit him very hard because he was very close to him.

“At the time of this offence he was in a daze and as soon as he stepped out the door he handed it back and said he was sorry.

“He made full and frank admissions in interview. He is about to embark on an apprenticeship and he is very sorry. It was totally out of character.”

Chairman of the bench Sandra Mason sentenced him to a six-month conditional discharge.