AN ISLE of Wight man on benefits assaulted an Iceland store manager after stuffing chicken and cider into a bag and being challenged.

David Berridge, of Culver Parade, Sandown, appeared before Isle of Wight magistrates on Friday, May 17.

At a previous hearing in April, the 31-year-old admitted common assault and theft from a shop in Ryde, on February 26.

He also admitted failing to surrender to court bail on April 3.

Prosecutor, Liz Miller, said the manager at Iceland on Ryde High Street had been made aware of a theft taking place.

Berridge was seen concealing Frosty Jacks cider and frozen chicken in a bag and the victim approached, told him to leave and grabbed the bag.

The court heard Berridge struck the victim’s hand during a struggle, telling him: “Let it go, I’ll have you”.

Ms Miller said the contents of the bag fell to the floor, and when police arrived, Berridge was identified on CCTV.

Oscar Vincent, defending, said Berridge was street homeless at the time, having problems with his benefits, didn’t have any money and was desperate.

He said he admitted taking the goods and smacking the victim’s hand during some toing-and-froing between the pair.

Mr Vincent said Berridge was trying to sort his life out, addressing his alcoholism.

Berridge was made subject of a 12-month community order, to include ten rehabilitation days.

He was ordered to pay £25.20 compensation to Iceland and £50 compensation to the victim.