Drunk Sunderland man stole pack of tampons

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A THIEF had “no idea” why he walked into a chemist and stole a packet of tampons when he was drunk.

Stephen Southam, 30, from Sunderland, was staying temporarily at a hostel in Newcastle when he attended the shop in Elswick Road, on January 5, Sunderland magistrates heard.

The defendant accepts he was intoxicated when he entered the chemist and took the tampons and left.

Prosecutor John McGlone

Prosecutor John McGlone said: “He selects a box of tampons valued at £1.49 from the display and simply walks out.”

Southam, who at the time attended the shop every day for his methadone script, was well-known to staff who identified him from CCTV footage and called police who arrested him the following day.

“The defendant accepts he was intoxicated when he entered the chemist and took the tampons and left,” Mr McGlone said. “He said he had no idea what he was going to do with them.”

Then on January 21, Southam stole toiletries worth £59.44 from Wilkinson’s in Fawcett Street, Sunderland. On his arrest he said he could not remember the theft as he had taken more methadone, cannabis and alcohol than normal. Southam, formerly of Bevan Avenue, in Ryhope, but now of HMP Holme House, admitted two counts of theft.

Healther Bolton, defending, asked magistrates not to interfere with Southern’s projected release date of March 31. Magistrates jailed him for 14 days to run concurrent with his existing sentence. He was also told to pay compensation for the items stolen along with £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.