POOR timekeeping landed a sweet-toothed thief back in court.
Michael Gallagher was originally sentenced for stealing a packet of Rolos.
But he breached a court order after he failed to attend a drugs assessment on March 25.
The 24-year-old, from Hendon, made matters worse after he missed his court hearing.
Gallagher was due to attend Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on Monday, April 15, but turned up late, and was brought in on a warrant the following day after being arrested at his home in Park Road.
Gerry Armstrong, defending, said Gallagher was originally arrested for helping himself to the chocolate on March 22.
“It was a heinous crime of theft of a tube of Rolos,” Mr Armstrong said.
“He did not give anyone his last Rolo, so was charged by the police with theft and appeared in court on March 23.
“He was given an absolute discharge and because of that tube of Rolos he had been kept in custody for 24 hours.”
Mr Armstrong blamed confusion for the missed assessment, saying that Gallagher had attended another meeting with the Probation Service that day.
He added that the confused thief had turned up for court at 2pm, instead of 10am, on Monday.
Magistrates handed down an absolute discharge