A MAN who stole a Twister ice-cream from WH Smith in Chester two days on the trot has been left more than £300 out of pocket.

Trevor McCormack, 46, had no previous convictions before he wandered into the Foregate Street shop to satisfy his ice-cream craving on September 11 and 12 last year.

He failed to attend his court hearing at Chester Magistrates Court on Thursday (January 9) so his case was heard in his absence.

Sarah Egan, prosecuting, described how on the second day the store supervisor had seen him pick up a Twister ice-cream, a Cherry Coke Zero drink, a pack of pickled onion Monster Munch, some Quavers crisps and a packet of jelly sweets worth £6.

McCormack, of Heron Place, Chester, proceeded to walk out without paying and was stopped by staff at around midday.

CCTV footage showed that he had done exactly the same thing the day before, selecting his favourite Twister ice-cream, a drink and a pack of Quavers.

The bench found the case proved in the defendant’s absence and fined him £200. He must also pay compensation of £5, court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £32.

One magistrate commented: “That was an expensive ice-cream!”