A drug user from Shirley has appeared in court for stealing over £100 worth of meat to fund his addiction.
Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday that James Calder had been ‘clean’ for four years but recently ‘fell off the wagon,’ started mixing with the wrong crowd and taking Class A drugs.
The 24-year-old, of Pailton Road, pleaded guilty to stealing meat from his local Tesco store on August 31.
He also accepted he was in breach of a former 12 month conditional discharge.
Amarjit Singhara, defending, said his client had a history of drug abuse but had managed to turn his life around.
“He got himself completely clean,” Mr Singhara told magistrates.
“But he started to mix with other drug users. He committed the shop theft because of this drug addiction.
“He does have a desire to get himself clean and he has already made efforts to do that.”
The case was adjourned until Monday, September 23 for pre sentence-reports.