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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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Shoplifting shame of former soldier from Barrow

AN EX-SOLDIER from Barrow who served in Iraq has blamed post-traumatic stress disorder for his shoplifting habit.

Keith Moyse, 46, stole expensive electrical equipment with no intention of using or selling it, a court heard, keeping the items in their original packaging and frequently stealing two of the same product.

Appearing at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Moyse pleaded guilty to theft from a shop and the handling of stolen goods.

Moyse, of Meeings View, Barrow, admitted stealing £2,000 worth of electrical equipment from Tesco Extra, in Hindpool Road, including televisions and toasters.

It was CCTV footage that eventually led to Moyse’s arrest, with police using the cameras to follow him to his car and track his address with his registration plates.

Defending Moyse, Mr Trystan Roberts argued the complexities of of Moyse’s case, stressing that mental health problems stemming from post traumatic stress disorder from his time serving in Iraq were the cause of his actions.

The recent death of his mother was also said to have had a negative impact on Moyse’s mental health.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said: “Moyse stole for no apparent reason.

“He has said himself that it ‘doesn’t give him a buzz’.”

District judge Gerald Chalk described the case as ‘very unusual’.

He said: “This is a very unusual case of shoplifting as you seemingly had no intent to use or sell what you stole, and made no attempt to hide anything.”

The judge said that he would need more time to fully understand Moyse’s mental health state before making a decision on the matter.

He did, however, warn Moyse not to go into Tesco and attempt to steal anything ahead of sentence.

Everything stolen by Moyse was suitable for resale, and returned to Tesco.

The case was adjourned until January 14 for sentence.

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