Conditional Discharge For Heroin User Who Wants To Change His Life

PUBLISHED: 09:59 29 March 2010 | UPDATED: 13:14 02 June 2010

HEROIN user Daniel Gillett was stealing to order when he helped himself to £50 worth of men s toiletries from an Ely shop. He sold the bag of Lynx products – worth around £50 – to a man in a pub for £10, and then spent the proceeds on drugs. But Gillett h

HEROIN user Daniel Gillett was stealing to order when he helped himself to £50 worth of men's toiletries from an Ely shop.

He sold the bag of Lynx products - worth around £50 - to a man in a pub for £10, and then spent the proceeds on drugs.

But Gillett had been caught on camera as he stole the products from the Savers store in Ely, and a local police officer identified him.

"He was seen acting suspiciously in the shop, and CCTV footage was checked," Ely magistrates heard from prosecutor Laura Mardell.

"He could be seen putting toiletries into a carrier bag, and he left without paying. Gillett told police he sold them to a man in a pub, he had been offered £10 if he stole a bag of Lynx products."

Gillett, 24, of St Ovins Green, Ely, admitted stealing the men's toiletries from the shop in Ely Cloisters on February 23.

"As a result of the offence, his family has scooped him up and is trying to ensure he does not offend again," said solicitor Jacqui Baldwin.

"He has been in and out of heroin for four or five years. His family have offered support; he has moved in with his father; and his mother says she will pay for an implant if he does well withdrawing from heroin."

Gillett is already withdrawing from heroin she said; an implant would make him ill if used the drug.

Another member of the family has offered Gillett a job, said Ms Baldwin, and he plans to go to college later this year to undertake a plumbing course.

"He wants to change his lifestyle and get away from offending," she added.

Giving Gillett a one year conditional discharge and ordering him to pay £50 compensation and £85 costs, presiding magistrate Hamish Ross said: "You have a lot of people who want to help you. We wish you luck.

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