Desperate Ipswich dad stole goods worth more than £500 from Asda for his family

Asda in Goddard Road

Asda in Goddard Road

A cash-strapped Ipswich shoplifter has admitted stealing food and clothes worth more than £500 from Asda for his family.

Daniel McMillan, of Peterhouse Close, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to theft from a shop.

The 31-year-old committed the offence on April 6 at the Goddard Road superstore.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said McMillan could be seen on CCTV entering the store at around 11.30am with an empty shopping trolley.

He filled the trolley up and wen to the restaurant area before starting to pack the items into shopping bags.

McMillan made no attempt to disguise what he was doing, Mrs Harper told the court. He then left the store with his shopping bags in the trolley.

McMillan tried to steal a total of 97 items with a value of £539.

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The court heard he had a previous conviction for shoplifting last November.

David Allan, representing McMillan, said the theft involved household items and clothing.

The court was told there was a significant amount of clothing which was for school uniforms for McMillan’s children.

Mr Allan said: “That really reflects why this offence and the offence in November took place.”

Magistrates heard McMillan and his partner with were in a ”fairly desperate financial situation”.

The father-of-three was said to be deeply ashamed and sorry.

Mr Allan added: “I think it is quite plain he’s extremely ashamed of the situation he finds himself in.

“The motive behind it only serves to make a bad situation so much worse than it already is and makes his attempts to find employment so much harder as well.”

Magistrates fined McMillan £40 and ordered him to pay £40 costs and £20 to the victims’ fund.