A THIEF who stole perfume to pay off an old drug debt has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Darren Murphy, 37, was caught by security staff taking two bottles of fragrance worth £212 from Boots in Mell Square on March 23.
The defendant was spotted by staff selecting the items and leaving the store without paying, Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday.
“Murphy admitted the theft to police and said an unnamed person has requested he pay off an old drug debt,” said Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting. “This person said he would accept fragrances as payment.”
Charmaine Robinson, defending, said her client, a former class A drug addict, has been clean for the past 12 months.
“He found himself in a position where he had bumped into an old drug dealer,” she explained. “He had an outstanding debt and his only option was to commit this offence.”
Murphy, of Norton Crescent, Bordesley Green, was handed a 12 week suspended prison sentence with a 12 month supervision order.
He was also told to pay £85 costs and £80 victim surcharge.