Drug-fuelled Fife man stole Buddha ornament from Fife charity shop

A Fife man who admitted stealing a Buddha ornament from a Cancer Research charity shop in Leven High Street while under the influence of drugs has had his sentence deferred until August 12.

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 4:56 pm

Ryan Lewis, of Bishops Court, Kennoway, appeared before Sheriff Kevin Veal at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Lewis, 38, admitted that on July 14, 2021 at Cancer Research, High Street, Leven he stole an ornament while on bail.

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Lewis admitted stealing the ornament from the Cancer Research charity shop in Leven High Street.

He further admitted breaching a court order not to enter Leven High Street, while he was on bail.

The Procurator Fiscal depute told the court the accused had taken a Buddha ornament from the charity shop.

She said Lewis had told police he had only been in the area to get a couple of items for his dinner and had not been thinking clearly when he had taken the ornament.

She said shop workers had noted that he was acting strangely and that he had been sitting on the floor of the premises, but when he was asked to leave, he did so.

Lewis’ defence lawyer said he was someone who had previously struggled with drug addiction: “He is now reducing his usage of methadone weekly.

"On the day in question he was at a friend’s house and as a one-off he had taken two tablets, which he believed were valium, but they were actually another drug which was more potent.”

Sheriff Veal deferred sentencing Lewis until August 12 to allow for the preparation of a criminal justice social work report. He was released on bail meantime.

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