A THIEF who stole a £1.30 milkshake before going to a funeral has been left with a £142 court bill.

Robert Burrell, 49, stole the item from Spar in Maryport on March 6, Workington Magistrates’ Court heard.

Jacqui Partington, prosecuting, said a police officer had been present and was filling up his car when he was informed that a male had stolen something from the store.

CCTV footage showed the defendant stealing the milkshake.

Ms Partington said Burrell had 15 previous convictions.

Burrell, who was not legally represented, said: “My head wasn’t right. I was browsing the shops.

“I had been to the Spar before the funeral. I must have just walked out and stolen it. I don’t know why I did it, to be honest.”

Burrell, of Rydal Avenue, Maryport, pleaded guilty to theft from a shop.

He was fined £40 and ordered to pay £1.30 in compensation. The defendant must also pay £85 costs and a £16 victim surcharge.