Worksop man stole steaks to buy “black mamba”

Mansfield Magistrates Court.
Mansfield Magistrates Court.
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A Worksop man stole steaks in a bid to buy “black mamba” drugs, a court has heard.

Keith Coward, 33, of Potter Street, admitted stealing £10.98 of meat from Farmfoods, in Victoria Retail Park, on February 7.

David Verity, mitigating, said Coward had been out of trouble for seven years, until a recent spate of shoplifting offences, for which he received a six month community order on March 1.

“Unfortunately he got himself involved in a serious black mamba problem and needed money to buy it,” Mr Verity said.

“Things have started to improve. He has supported accommodation with Framework and a drugs worker to help tackle his issues.”

The court heard his six-month order had started poorly.

Magistrates in Mansfield gave Coward a “stern warning” to comply with the order.

He was told to pay £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.