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Alcohol suitcase thief had been drunk for a week

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

A homeless man was drunk when he walked into a supermarket with a suitcase and loaded it up with alcohol before brazenly walking out of the door.

Staff working at the Co-operative in Wells became aware that some drink had gone missing and when they viewed the CCTV saw Kenneth James Mallord committing the offence.

When police searched the area they found the defendant walking along the High Street pulling the case behind him and he became aggressive while being arrested.

When he was interviewed by police he said had been drunk since the previous week on Special Brew and admitted the offence.

Mallord, 31, living care of the Elim Centre in Wells, pleaded guilty to stealing alcohol of an unknown value belonging to the Co-operative on May 25 when he appeared before South Somerset Magistrates.

Sarah Rhodes, prosecuting, said that the CCTV showed the defendant putting a number of items including lager and cider into his suitcase and when they saw him in the street found the items still intact.

"He admitted to the police what he had done saying he had been drunk since the previous Thursday but thought he had only taken some beer," she said.

Defending solicitor Chris Ivory said Mallord had been living in a tent in Wells for a considerable amount of time and had been addicted to alcohol since the age of 17.

Mr Ivory said: "He has been referred to Turning Point by his GP and since being arrested for this offence he has been pushed up the priority list and his first appointment is due shortly."

He added that Mallord had a partner who had now given him an ultimatum to stop drinking and he had now been off alcohol for the last 15 days.

The magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge on the defendant and did not make an order for costs.

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