An addict who stole a charity tin containing about £40 raised for a sick Dundee child has been described as “disgusting”.
At Dundee Sheriff Court, Christopher Tennant, 38, of Bright Street in Lochee, admitted stealing the cash from Premier Store, Perth Road, which had been raised for 11-year-old Kaydn Buchan from Hilltown, who has been diagnosed with a heart condition.
Fiscal depute Lynne Mannion told the court Tennant had been in and out of the store and purchased items but then came in, snapped off the rope holding the charity tin and made off with it. There was about £40 in it and no recovery.
Tennant admitted that on Sunday August 5 he stole the tin containing a sum of money. He further admitted that on various occasions on Saturday, at the same store, he behaved in a threatening manner, repeatedly entered the store despite being told to leave and not to return, acted aggressively, made threatening gestures and threats to steal property, entered the private area behind the shop counter and refused to stop.
Solicitor Carolyn Leckie said Tennant had drug and alcohol addictions and was on a community payback order with a drug treatment requirement, which social workers confirmed was going relatively well.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence on Tennant until September 28 for him to be of good behaviour and for an update on his community payback order. He was granted bail.
Kaydn was only two days into a sunshine break to Benidorm when he was rushed to hospital with unexpected heart arrhythmias last month.
He was taken into intensive care where his heart had to be shocked five times to save his life. He spent a month in hospital because doctors said he was too ill to fly home.
His mum Hayley said: “To steal money raised for a sick child is absolutely disgusting.”