A Romanian who was brought to this country with the false promise of employment will now have to carry out unpaid work after he was caught stealing £250 worth of food.
Adrian Mihai, who came to the UK in September last year, became homeless after he was ‘abandoned’ by the Romanian family he was travelling with and discovered he could not work legally in this country, Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday.
His solicitor, Adam Carolan, said the 54-year-old stole the food items from Morrisons on August 7 to help out a family who had taken him in.
“A family had taken pity on him and given him shelter,” Mr Carolan said.
“But their situation changed so Mr Mihai thought he would help them out by taking the food. His difficulties have all flowed from his financial circumstances - he does not have the ability to work legitimately in the UK.
“He admits what he has done and apologises for it.”
Mr Carolan said his client was brought to the UK with another Romanian family and promised work when he arrived. He had been doing electrical work in his home country with members of this family.
The court heard Mihai, of Churchill Road, Bordesley Green, was previously handed a 12 month conditional discharge in March for shoplifting
Baldev Atwal, prosecuting, said the defendant was seen loading food into a trolley at the supermarket in Chester Road, Castle Bromwich and leaving without paying. He was detained soon after and arrested.
Mihai pleaded guilty to theft and magistrates gave him a 12 month community order with 200 hours unpaid work.