Man bought food at Leicester McDonald's with bank card stolen from woman's kitchen

A man obtained a bank card stolen from a woman's kitchen and used it to eat at McDonald's and shop at Tesco and a Shell petrol station. The woman was at home when a burglar sneaked into her kitchen through an unlocked back door and fled with her purse.

Later the same day, drug addict Shannen Somes, 33, used the card at the Shell service station in Narborough Road, Leicester, then went to McDonald's by the Clock Tower in Leicester city centre where he spent £4.38 on food. His third attempt to use it - at the nearby Tesco store in Belgrave Gate - failed because the card had been cancelled.

At Leicester Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, Somes admitted three counts of fraud - spending £23.68 in total - but denied he had been the one who stole the purse. He said he found it on Narborough Road, stole the bank card and some change and discarded the purse and the other items inside.

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The court heard Somes had 34 offences on his record, including a similar fraud conviction in January 2020, which led to a suspended sentence, a shop theft he was jailed for in January 2022 and possessing a knife, which led to a 26-week jail sentence in December 2022. He was still on post-sentence supervision when he committed the latest crimes.

Prakash Morar, representing Somes, said his client had fully admitted the offences in interview after his arrest by Leicestershire Police. He said: "He had kept out of trouble for some time and made significant progress in his lifestyle."

He said Somes, of Harrow Road, Westcotes, Leicester, was on a methadone script and no longer taking drugs and had referred himself to drug charity Turning Point for help. He asked the magistrates to give his client a conditional discharge.

He added that Somes had been on a curfew since January, banning him from going out at night. He said: "He has let himself down."

Alison Heathcote, chair of the bench, told Somes he would have to pay more than £220, which would be deducted from his benefits. She said: "We accept it was an opportunistic crime, that you did just find the purse.

"But it was a bad decision to make and I think you recognise that."

He will have to pay £220.68, which is made up of an £80 fine, a £32 victim surcharge, £85 court costs and the £23.68 in compensation to the victim. Somes was also told that the curfew had come to an end and he told the magistrates: "I liked the curfew, to be fair - I'd been staying in and I'd done well."