FENLAND: Alcoholic thief who sought fame on Trisha show back before magistrates

PUBLISHED: 10:08 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010

ALCOHOLIC Ricky Noonan – who hit the headlines last year when he asked to go on the Trisha TV show on a bid to straighten himself out -- was back before Fenland magistrates this week. Noonan, who was eventually jailed last summer when he failed to make it

ALCOHOLIC Ricky Noonan - who hit the headlines last year when he asked to go on the Trisha TV show on a bid to straighten himself out -- was back before Fenland magistrates this week.

Noonan, who was eventually jailed last summer when he failed to make it on the daytime show last May, has now admitted burgling a March charity shop.

He was drunk when he went into the stock room of the Sue Ryder shop and stole a mobile phone belonging to a member of staff.

Appearing at Wisbech courthouse in custody, 41-year-old Noonan, of Grounds Avenue, March, went into the shop on September 30 and said he wanted to buy an angel ornament for his mother, said prosecutor Scherazade Haque.

He followed a member of staff into the back room, and was ushered out and asked to leave. Less than an hour later, it was discovered the phone was missing.

On December 3 a woman took the stolen phone into March police station, saying she had bought it from Noonan for between £3 and £5.

"She had heard about the stolen phone and wanted to hand it in, she was concerned it was the same one," said Miss Haque.

Noonan could not remember the incident, but was identified by two witnesses.

"He was drunk when he went into the shop," said solicitor Alison Muir. "He has a drink problem; he has been prescribed medication and is looking for a rehabilitation placement.

The court adjourned sentencing until February 24.


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