Jail warning for ‘hungry’ food thief

Jedburgh Sheriff Court

Jedburgh Sheriff Court

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A thief stole from a local supermarket, saying he was hungry.

Barry Hayward, 32, of Howdenbank, admitted stealing food, light bulbs, and a razor from Sainsbury in the town’s Commercial Road on March 8.

The stolen items, worth £26.89, were fully recovered.

Defence solicitor Iain Burke told Jedburgh Sheriff Court: “He said that he was hungry and had no food in the house.

“He took these things in a moment of madness,” added Mr Burke.

Hayward also admitted stealing two bottles of whisky from B & M Bargains, Croft Road, on July 31.

Sentence was further deferred until January 9 for reports.

“A point has come where, if you fail to keep you appointment, I will remand you in custody for the preparation of the report,” warned Sheriff Kevin Drummond.