A BANNED driver was caught when he drove a car to go shoplifting.
Brian Mariuva tried to leave B&Q in Trimdon Street, Sunderland, with a socket set in his pocket, the city’s Magistrates’ Court heard.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “When he came to leave, he did pay for some items but security staff found a £7.18 socket set in his pocket.
“External CCTV at the shop was watched as part of the investigation. This showed Mariuva, who is disqualified from driving, arriving at the shop driving a Mercedes.”
Mariuva, 41, of The Avenue, Ashbrooke, Sunderland, admitted theft, driving while disqualified, and driving without insurance, all on June 8.
Gavin Sword, defending, said: “Mr Maruiva is an architectural engineering student and is two years into a three-year course.
“Custody today would prevent him from completing that, and deny him the employment opportunities the qualification would provide.”
The bench sentenced Maruiva to nine weeks in prison, suspended for two years.
He was banned from driving for three years, and must pay £230 costs.