Hawick shoplifter has sentence deferred

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court

A shopflifter stole two shaving sets from a supermarket because he was feeling “depressed” at the time, Jedburgh
Sheriff Court has been told.

Lee Wightman, 30, of Mansfield Crescent, pleaded guilty to the offence which happened at Sainsbury’s on July 20.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said: “He went into the premises at about 11am and picked up the two shaving sets from the open display.

“He was known to staff as a shoplifter and thereafter he removed the security tags and left them in the clothing aisle.

“He was challenged by staff when he went past the point of sale.

“He was stopped and taken to the office where he was very apologetic.”

Wightman told police: “It should not have happened. It was a spur of the moment thing.”

Wightman produced a note for the court saying he had been experiencing mental health problems and was suffering from “depression and anxiety” and was not taking medication at the time.

Sheriff Peter Paterson noted Wightman had previously been jailed for shoplifting and deferred sentence until October 19 for background reports to be produced.