‘Refund’ for door from alley

A MAN found a door in an alley – and took it to a DIY store to claim a refund.

Norman Adam McDonald had originally bought a door from B&Q, at Tees Bay Retail Park, in Hartlepool, and had a receipt for it.

The 34-year-old then found a door in an alley – which was new and was actually from another store – but he took it back to B&Q where an inexperienced checkout assistant granted him a refund.

Prosecuting, Alan Davison told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “In a nutshell, the defendant previously bought a door from B&Q and then found another door of a similar nature. This door wasn’t from B&Q but he took it back and got a refund for it anyway. He admitted this in interview.”

Mr Davison also told justices that on another occasion McDonald had gone to Tesco, in Belle Vue Way, Hartlepool, and stole a Nintendo Wii game worth £35.91. The game was recovered and handed back to the store.

McDonald, of Borrowdale Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation on February 25, and theft on March 3.

Mitigating, Adrian Morris said: “You will see from his record that he used to regularly come before this court and the primary problem was an aggressive heroin addiction.

“However, he has now tested negative for opiates and cocaine and that’s because he has been sticking to a methadone programme.”

Mr Morris said that when he committed the offence at B&Q he was, however, under the influence of some valium-based drugs at the time.

He added: “He had acquired a door from B&Q and he came across two doors, one was smashed up but the other looked new.

“It would appear it was from Howdens but nevertheless he took it into B&Q and an inexperienced checkout girl refunded him the money.”

Chairman of the bench Lynne Hodgson sentenced him to a six-month community order and ordered him to pay £19.98 compensation.