A man found guilty of stealing a complete outfit including socks, a belt and boxer shorts, has appeared in court.
David Dicey, 38, appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday to be sentenced for stealing more than £200 worth of clothing, food and alcohol from two stores in Barnstaple.
Dicey, of St Brannocks Road, Ilfracombe, had pleaded guilty to the two theft charges at an earlier court hearing.
Magistrates heard how Dicey stole a jacket, trousers, shirt, tie, boxer shorts, socks, belt and shoes, worth £169.50 from Marks and Spencer in Barnstaple on September 10.
On the same day, Dicey also stole food, alcohol and personal items worth £57.40 from Sainsbury’s.
He pleaded guilty to the two counts of theft at an earlier court appearance and was released on bail. However, before he had chance to attend court for sentencing, he found himself back in the dock accused of breaching his bail conditions after he was found asleep under a hedge in Braunton.
He appeared in court a week prior to the most recent court hearing and pleaded guilty to breaching his bail by failing to live at an agreed address.
Police officers located Dicey on October 3 lying in a hedge with an unopened bottle of wine in Exeter Road in Braunton. He claimed he was trying to get to a B&B in Ilfracombe.
Tony Dart, for the defence, said: “He needs to sort out his alcohol issues or he’s going to carry on offending in a prolific way.”
Presiding magistrate Mr Paul Cooper adjourned the case for further assessments.
Dicey was released on bail until October 25 and told he must live and sleep at his current address in St Brannocks Road and attend an assessment meeting.