Heroin addict (49) stole fuel from beer lorry

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 May 2012

North Somerset Courthouse

North Somerset Courthouse

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A HEROIN addict who was caught on CCTV siphoning diesel from a beer lorry was sentenced to a day in custody.

Anthony Scott, aged 49, pleaded guilty to stealing £100 worth of diesel from a Butcombe Brewery lorry in Wrington on November 11.

North Somerset Courthouse heard this week how Scott was captured on CCTV at about 3am siphoning fuel from the lorry with a friend.

The offence was committed just days before Scott was handed a six-month prison sentence for theft.

The court heard how Scott had planned to sell the fuel, 10 gallons of diesel worth £70, to fund his heroin addiction.

The diesel was recovered, but had to be thrown away because it was not known whether it had been contaminated.

A fuel cap worth £30 was never recovered.

Scott, of Stapleton Road, Bristol, was released in February after serving his sentence and has been taking 20 millilitres of prescription methadone to treat his drug addiction since his release, the court heard.

Defending, Susan Cameron said: “He is addicted to drugs and he admits that.

“This offence predates similar offences he has served time in prison for and it seems to me that if the matter had been put before the court on November 14, he would have received a concurrent sentence and would not have served any longer.”

Magistrates were going to hand Scott a fine and victim surcharge totalling £88, but instead ruled he must spend a day in the cells after Scott said he could not pay the sum.


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