POLICE caught a thief breaching his bail conditions after he fell asleep under a hedge in the pouring rain in Braunton.
David Dicey, 38, of St Brannocks Road in Ilfracombe, appeared in custody at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with breaching his bail conditions.
The conditions were to live at 1 Babbages in Bickington and report to police between 12pm and 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Dicey pleaded guilty to breaching his bail by failing to live in Bickington.
He was on bail awaiting sentencing for three counts of theft, including goods worth £57.40 from Sainsbury’s, £169.50 from Marks and Spencers and £5.99 from a Costcutter.
Officers found Dicey lying in a hedge with an unopened bottle of wine in Exeter Road in Braunton on October 3.
Dicey claimed he was trying to get to a B&B in Ilfracombe.
The court heard he was drunk and when asked by officers if he was living in Bickington, Dicey said that was his father’s address and he was on holiday.
Police took him to the address where his father made it clear he was not welcome and had not been living there for six months.
Tony Dart, for the defence, told the court Dicey was an alcoholic, but had stopped drinking in 2010..
He said he had been attending the Freedom Centre in Barnstaple, which he did on the day he was arrested.
He got on the bus back to Ilfracombe, which went all the way there and was on its way back to Barnstaple when Dicey woke up in Braunton.
Mr Dart said: “He sat down outside, but it started to rain so he sought shelter under a tree and fell asleep.”
Magistrates adjourned Dicey’s case until his sentencing hearing on October 11 with the conditions he lives in Ilfracombe and continues to report to police.