Man had money to pay for booze he stole - but didn’t see why he should because ‘dole is not enough’

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A BOOZE thief told police he had the money to pay for wine he shoplifted - but he shouldn’t have to “because the dole money is not enough”.

Ronald Oxberry, 44, took four bottles of red wine worth £19 from the Co-op in Shiney Row on April 25, despite having money in his pocket, magistrates heard.

He told police had enough money to pay for the items, adding: “I don’t see why I should, because the dole money they give me is not enough.”

Oxberry, of Swaledale, Shiney Row admitted theft.

Jason Smith, defending, said he was “very drunk” at the time, and did not mean what he said.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge, with costs totalling £254.75.