A ‘STARVING’ man who stole £6.78 worth of food has been ordered to pay almost £100.
Former professional boxer Jordan D’arcy, 26, now of Sherbrook Terrace, Nottingham, was arrested after stealing two sandwiches, a packet of biscuits and a bottle of Ribena from Widney Service Station in Knowle over three visits.
Last Thursday, May 17, Solihull Magistrates Court heard that D’arcy, who had been living in Dorridge at the time of the offences, had told police he could not afford to eat.
Charmaine Robinson, defending, said: “Mr D’arcy was a professional boxer.
‘‘During this time he got involved with a notorious family in Chelmsley Wood which ended with him having to relocate his mother and sister from the area at considerable cost.
“He was used to living to a certain standard.
“But at this time, he was disqualified from boxing.
“Having moved out of the area and losing his career he found himself with no money to eat.”
She added that the defendant had initially gone into the store to explain the situation to the shop assistant and plead for some food.
But the shop worker refused and the starving D’arcy was forced to steal food instead.
A statement from the defendant, read out in court, said he had “hit rock bottom”.
“He finds it quite embarrassing to be in court for these offences,” Miss Robinson added.
D’arcy pleaded guilty to three counts of theft taking place on February 26, March 3 and 8 at the petrol station, which amounted to £6.78.
He was ordered to pay a fine, costs and compensation totalling £91.78.