A MAN will carry out 150 hours of unpaid work after he stole a fivefigure sum of cash from an Ayr home.

William Richmond of Bate Road in Cumnock broke into a cottage in Coylton where he lifted the money from within.

The 33-year-old’s lawyer Mr Robert Logan admitted his client could’ve ended up in prison for his antics.

Mr Logan told the court: “The amount that was taken would flag up a custodial sentence. There are a number of extraordinary factors. He has always conducted himself in a way in which he can be proud.”

Mr Logan went on to describe Richmond’s commitment to charity work, and brought to the attention of the court his struggles with addiction.

Richmond ended up taking on charity work as a volunteer and impressed bosses and landed a full-time position.

Mr Logan added: "He has been so successful in charity work that they have offered him a full-time job in the charity.”

At the time of the theft, Richmond repaid the stolen sum within a week and had “genuine remorse” his solicitor explained.

Sheriff Desmond Leslie handed him 150 hours unpaid work to complete within six months and spared him a Restriction of Liberty Order so he can continue his work in the community.

Sheriff Leslie said: “Had there been no restitution and if you had not said to deal with these issues you would be going to jail.

There would be no doubt about that. But you have made full repayment. But if any cloud has a silver lining, it’s that it’s brought you to your senses."