Sentence deferred on trombone thief

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A DESPERATE thief stole a trombone from a second-hand shop in an effort to raise money to buy alcohol.

Martin Charlotte lifted the musical instrument and a snooker cue - valued at a total of £180 - and then soldthem for just £15.

But Jedburgh Sheriff Court was told that the items were later recovered.

Charlotte, 39, of Melrose Court, pleaded guilty to the theft from Teviot Sales Rooms in North Bridge Street on February 27.

Defence lawyer Rory Bannerman said his client had stolen the trombone and snooker cue to get cash to buy drink.

Sentence was deferred until August 24 when Charlotte is due back in court for the next stage of his Drug Treatment and Testing Order.