Thief admits taking four candles - not handles for forks
Classic scene from Two Ronnies invoked at Dundee Sheriff Court on Friday.
A classic Two Ronnies sketch was invoked in court as a thief admitted stealing four candles.
Ian Hamilton admitted stealing the items from a store in Dundee city centre.
Enunciating her description of the stolen items clearly to avoid Two Ronnies-style confusion, fiscal depute Isma Mukhtar told Dundee Sheriff Court: "He stole four candles, valued at £19."
As eyebrows raised among those in court recalling the classic TV scene, Ms Mukhtar added: "Only two were recovered."
Hamilton, 42, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by shoplifting committed at Card Factory on the Murraygate in Dundee on October 11 this year.
Defence solicitor Anika Jethwa said: "He has a dreadful record and is currently serving a sentence.
"However, he is due to be released from that today."
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until March next year for Hamilton to stay out of trouble.
The Two Ronnies 1976 sketch has been voted one of the most memorable of all time by the British public.
It takes place in a hardware store where Ronnie Corbett is the shopkeeper and Ronnie Barker the customer, who asks for what sounds like four candles.
The shopkeeper then takes out four candles but the customer merely repeats his request and the shopkeeper is confused.
The customer rephrases his request to reveal he in fact wanted "fork handles".
It continues in a similar vein while the customer makes his way through his shopping list and the shopkeeper becomes increasingly frustrated.