A 39-YEAR-OLD engineering student who stole a razor from Tesco so he could shave off his beard after a funeral appeared in court.
David Dicey, who has moved from Barnstaple to London since the crime, pleaded guilty to theft at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
He admitted putting £8 worth of products including shaving gel and a razor in his hat at Barnstaple’s Tesco Extra on August 8.
He put a leaflet over the hat and walked out of the store but was stopped by security, the court heard.
Karen Ball, for the prosecution, said: “He hadn’t been able to get any cash and, as a result of a conversation with his girlfriend, he wanted to shave off his beard.”
Dicey feels “really, really, really cross with himself”, according to Tony Dart, for the defence.
Mr Dart said the defendant had put an end to a period of heavy drinking and moved to London to complete an engineering degree.
He said Dicey was “fatigued” having returned to Barnstaple from a funeral.
“He wanted to clean himself up before going to bed and wandered to Tesco,” he said.
“It was a foolish thing to have done.”
Mr Dart said Dicey was “seeing the world in a whole new light” and felt “crushed” by the incident.
Dicey, who was clean-shaven and suited in court, was given a conditional discharge.