A FOOD bank user told a court that he was “starving” when he stole from a supermarket.
John Michael Small was in the Asda store, in Marina Way, Hartlepool, doing some shopping.
Prosecuting, Alan Davison told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court that the 41-year-old bought some goods but then failed to pay for two boxes of cuppa-soup worth £2.38.
The crime was noticed and he was stopped and arrested for it.
Small, of Church Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to the theft from August 29.
Mitigating, Martin Walker said: “This was a low value theft and it happened because his benefits had stopped.
“He had been using food banks and soup kitchen but he was literally starving.”
Small was fined £15 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.