Man fined for stealing meat from Aldi in Bury St Edmunds tells court ‘my mother was moaning she didn’t have enough food.’

Aldi in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ARCHANT

Aldi in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ARCHANT

A man had been fined £50 after stealing two roasting joints from a Bury St Edmunds supermarket - saying he did so because his mother was moaning she didn’t have enough food in.

John Simpson, 47, of Oliver Road, Bury St Edmunds, appeared at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court yesterday, pleading guilty to stealing the meat from Aldi supermarket on two separate occasions on August 30 and 31.

Prosecutor Lucy Miller said he had been caught on CCTV taking the items.

Representing himself, Simpson told the court: “It was a stupid mistake.

“I am sorry for wasting everybody’s time.

“I was short of money and my mother was moaning she didn’t have enough food.

“It was just a blip.”

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Presiding magistrate Colin Reeve handed Simpson a £50 fine, ordered him to pay £39.53 in compensation, £85 in costs and £30 to the victims fund.

“This was a pretty expensive bit of meat,” said Mr Reeve.

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