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Man with learning difficulties loses JSA and steals to feed himself.

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Darkesteyes Mon 19-Nov-12 21:20:33

Darkesteyes Mon 19-Nov-12 21:24:15

Christopher Brooks was given an absolute discharge at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, after pleading guilty to stealing £12 worth of meat from Asda in Station Road, Hebburn.

The 50-year-old was also ordered to repay the £12 to the store.

Brooks, of Westmorland Court, Hebburn, had entered the store with an empty carrier bag on Friday, October 26, and took a piece of beef and a piece of lamb on display, then left the store without paying.

He jumped on a Metro train to Jarrow and sold the meat. Brooks was captured on CCTV carrying out the offence, and was later arrested by police.

The court heard that Brooks used the cash from the meat to feed himself, as he had missed a week of Jobseeker’s Allowance due to a mix-up over the date of a meeting about his benefits.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “He was relying on soup kitchens for food.

“He saw the lump of beef and piece of lamb and put them on the floor near some boxes.

“He then left with them without paying. He knew what he did was wrong.”

David Forrester, defending, told the court: “Christopher is a vulnerable adult with learning difficulties

Copied and pasted from the article.
Cant help wondering whether or not this is one of the stores that use workfare.
Stealing is wrong but i can see why he was driven to it.

2old2beamum Mon 19-Nov-12 21:35:42

Yes stealing is wrong but what else could he do. Perhaps the powers that be hoped he would die of starvation, one less person for this cruel government to support angry

Darkesteyes Mon 19-Nov-12 21:45:42

Agree 2old Its appalling that it got that far but i bet its not the only case and that there will be many more.

threesocksmorgan Mon 19-Nov-12 22:30:33

poor bloke, he should be getting help and support, he shouldn't have to steal.
god help people like him, cos this government won't.

ripsishere Tue 20-Nov-12 01:42:26

That is dreadful. Of course theft is wrong, but how else was he to have fed himself.
I despair sometimes, I really do.

lisad123 Tue 20-Nov-12 02:00:23

You fail to mention the £1500 he already owes in court fees for his previous convictions. Clearly he is in need of help and support but he has a history of being in trouble in the past and so doubt it's as simple as you suggest OP.

Darkesteyes Tue 20-Nov-12 02:13:07

I didnt fail to mention it. its in the original link.

Cozy9 Tue 20-Nov-12 04:39:24

What were his excuses for his previous crimes? Sorry but he sounds like a feckless wastrel.

picketywick Tue 20-Nov-12 13:46:16

Yes, if you lose Jobseekers and its all youve got. Well, desperation must set in

AmberLeaf Wed 21-Nov-12 12:30:56

Feckless wastrel?

He is one of the many currently falling through the cracks.

Adults with learning disabilities don't get the support they need.

Many are treated the same as any other able minded JSA claimant.

threesocksmorgan Wed 21-Nov-12 12:34:43

I see that some people didn't read that he has LD's

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