‘Unfortunate series of circumstances’ caused man to steal from Asda

A SERIES of unfortunate events allegedly led a man to steal groceries from Asda, Boston Magistrates’ Court was told last week.

Rogerio Bulla had lost his job and was waiting for benefits to come through when he was caught stealing £97.54 worth of items from the supermarket on June 16, said Phillipa Chatterton, defending.

She said he had been keen to pay back court fines from a previous offence and any money he gained had gone towards that, leaving himself short for food and living expenses.

The 34-year-old Italian national, who lives in Wormgate, Boston, pleaded guilty to theft from a shop when he stood before the court on Wednesday.

He also accepted that in taking the items he had breached a conditional discharge given to him just weeks before this offence.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Bulla was seen by security staff taking items to the self-service tills and scanning only some of them before leaving.

According to Miss Chatterton, he stacked items on top of one another to avoid putting them through the till and paying as he could not afford them.

Miss Chatterton added: “It’s an unfortunate series of circumstances and he is not proud to have committed this offence.”

Magistrates fined him £40 for breaching the discharge and a further £70 for the new offence. He also has to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £45 costs.

His previous offence was not revealed.