Jail for stealing socks

A LISMORE man who stole a pair of socks because he was worried that his feet would get wet has been jailed until June next year.

According to police facts before Lismore Local Court, Paul Kenneth Darke, 44, put the $8.99 socks into his jacket while he was in Kmart in Lismore Shopping Square on April 17.

He did not make 'any attempt to pay for the socks', despite having $220 in cash in his wallet.

He told police that he took the socks because his 'feet get wet of an evening and he wanted a new pair'.

A week later, on April 24, police saw him walking on Uralba Street in Lismore carrying a near-new printer.

He told the officers he had 'decided to take it so he could print pictures of his family'.

However he also said he 'did not know how to use a printer, does not have a camera to take photos and does not have a computer to connect the printer with'.

Police said Darke was in a drug-affected state and 'could not remember' where he got the printer. He was also carrying a gas lamp.

Darke had been on a good behaviour bond for another stealing offence when these two incidents occurred.

Magistrate Michael Dakin said he was a 'recidivist offender' and there was 'a need for rehabilitation'.

Darke's bond was revoked and he was sentenced to a nine-month jail term with a non-parole period of six months.



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