Man goes from the dock to bid for job
The defendant appeared in custody because he had also failed to attend court on May 14, to which he also pleaded guilty. Magistrates decided they wanted a report by the probation service before passing sentence. However, the report could not be dealt with later that day due to there being no interpreter available. Vieira was released on bail and able to make a job interview in Spalding that afternoon.
In prosecution, Deborah Cartwright said that store CCTV had seen Vieira stuff the bottle down his jeans.
She added: “When the defendant was interviewed by the police he said he stole because he had no money.” In defence, Nick Alderson said his client had missed his previous court hearing because, through ‘desperation for funds’, he had left the area to go flower picking. He added: “It was an uncomplicated theft, it’s right he had no money. He needs help. He is not an alcoholic, but when he has no work he tends to take to drink.” Vieira, of Laughton Road, Boston, will return to court on June 4.