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Store detective broke wrist chasing beer thief.

Byline: Martin Shaw Assistant Head of News

AN alcoholic who stole lager from a Mirfield supermarket was ordered to pay compensation to a store detective.

Nathan Ashley Stephen Goodwill, 24, of Saville Walk, Eightlands, Dewsbury, grabbed two boxes of lager at the Co-op store and fled.

The woman store detective gave chase but tripped and fell, breaking her wrist.

Goodwill admitted stealing Carling worth PS22 in April when he appeared before Kirklees Magistrates' Court sitting in Huddersfield.

District Judge Michael Fanning, imposing a ninemonth community order, also told Goodwill to pay PS78 compensation to the detective and PS22 to the Co-op. He will pay at PS5 a week.

The court was told how Goodwill drank nine litres of cider a day.

Miss Catherine McCullough, for Goodwill, said her client had suffered depression and had selfharmed in the past.

He was still grieving for his mother who died last year aged 48. She also had alcohol problems.

"He is someone who needs help to avoid going down the same path his mother did," said Miss McCullough.

Goodwill will receive alcohol treatment as part of his community order.

Granting compensation to the store detective, the judge said that though Goodwill didn't actually trip her up he had a "civil liability" for her injury.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 4, 2014
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