Homeless drug addict appears in court following thefts from Brighton stores

A homeless drug addict from Brighton appeared in court today after repeatedly stealing perfume from the local Boots store.

Elliott Cahill, 25, who had no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court to three thefts from Boots on North Street and stealing Apple TV units from Apple in Churchill Square.

After he was brought into court, the magistrates refused a prosecution application that Cahill, brought in handcuffs into the secure dock wearing grey jeans, a dark grey hoodie and flip-flop shoes should remain so throughout the hearing.

James Mayfield, prosecuting, said that Mr Cahill was seen acting suspiciously in the Apple store. And when he was approached by a member of staff who shouted “excuse me”, Mr Cahill ran away.

As he was fleeing the store he dropped one of the Apple TV devices which he had taken and this was taken back to the store, however it was damaged and could not be resold.

The court heard that CCTV from Boots had also recorded Mr Cahill returning to a particular fragrance stand in the store on North Street. The magistrates also learnt that the defendant had stolen £470 worth of perfume on three separate occasions within a day, showing little or no intention to pay.

Mr Cahill has 30 previous offences, the majority of which are for shoplifting. The prosecution requested compensation for the amount of £808 to cover damaged and stolen perfumes and the loss of one TV units and a damaged console that was recovered.

Martin Anson, the defendants defence lawyer, said: “Cahill has a serious heroin addiction” and that this should be tackled with a suspended sentence to allow time to targeted his drug abuse, along with some other relevant sanctions.

He continued: “Mr Cahill is aware that he cannot continue committing these offences.”

The hearing was adjourned until the afternoon so that probation officers could assess Mr Cahill’s suitability for drug rehabilitation treatment via a suspended sentence.

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