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Four-letter fury as Eade gets curfew.

Byline: By Sonia Sharma

Foul-mouthed Christopher Eade turned the air blue after being banned from the streets at night.

He swore violently at a Chronicle reporter when asked for his comments after he was banned from the streets at night after going on a spending spree with a stolen credit card.

Eade, who was cleared by a jury in June of causing the death of Jimmy Mulligan, 73, by dangerous driving, admitted four deception charges, two thefts and an absconding charge in court.

Gateshead magistrates heard how Eade, 21, of Chilside Road, Felling, was arrested after he used a stolen card to buy goods from four shops within two hours on July 13.

He went into Tesco on Ellison Street, Gateshead and used the card to buy cigarettes and alcohol worth pounds 23.33.

Ten minutes later, he bought pounds 32.71 worth of fags and booze from Kwik Save on the High Street. This was followed by a trip to Sports Soccer in Newcastle's Eldon Square, where he bought trainers and socks for pounds 70.

He then went to Argos in Newcastle and paid pounds 99.99 for a PlayStation 2 console with the stolen card.

On July 22, he stole beauty products worth pounds 12.27 from Wilkinson. He went into the store with a woman who picked up beauty products and dropped them into a plastic bag carried by Eade. And on August 29, he took four bottles of Smirnoff vodka worth pounds 39.96 from a Co-op store without making any attempt to pay for them.

Eade, who receives incapacity benefit and lives with his parents, also pleaded guilty to an absconding charge after he failed to appear in court for a hearing on August 26.

Magistrates gave him an 18-month community order, including a referral to the North East Council on Addictions for help with alcohol problems.

He was also given a three-month curfew, prohibiting him from leaving the house between 8pm and 7am, as well as a compensation order of around pounds 275 and costs of pounds 50.

Charles Weidner, representing Eade, said: "At that time he had a serious heroin addiction. It is hoped now that he is not using heroin."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2005
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