A PAIR of newly-weds had a bumpy start to married life after the bridegroom was arrested at Birmingham Airport, on the way to their honeymoon.
Anthony Barns, of Tile Cross, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for theft when he and his wife, who was not named in court, tried to catch their honeymoon flight on July 4.
The 24 year-old was wanted for stealing 6,000 cigarettes, worth £2,500, from Asda in Chelmsley Wood whilst he was working as a cleaner three between January 29 and March 21.
John Whiting, defending, said: “He accepts he abused his position, he is thoroughly ashamed and embarrassed. It is a difficult start to their marriage
“He’s been extremely upset. If he is bailed, it will allow him to build some bridges in his relationship.”
Both Barns, who appeared in custody, and his wife were in tears throughout much of the hearing.
A warrant was issued for his arrest after Barns failed to appear on summons to Solihull Magistrates Court on June 25 although Mr Whiting, claimed the couple had never received the notice.
Prosector Baldev Atwal, said that on March 21, staff at Asda had noticed damage to one of the cigarette kiosks at the front of the store. After reviewing CCTV footage, Barns was seen removing cigarettes and was arrested.
The defendant, who has no previous convictions, admitted removing cigarettes to feed his own habit, 600 at a time, and hiding them by the bin.
Barns was granted unconditional bail to appear back in court on July 18 for sentencing.