Son of infamous Lotto gran Susanne Hinte dives into canal on cop chase

The son of "Lotto gran" Susanne Hinte jumped into a canal in a police pursuit after turning to a life of crime.

Brandon Scott, 25, began shoplifting and taking drugs after his mum, who rose to infamy after making a false claim in the lottery, died in August 2017.

Scott appeared before Worcester Magistrates' Court yesterday (Friday, July 7), where he pleaded guilty to four new thefts after he cycled to a branch of TK Maxx and filled his backpack with clothes he hadn't purchased.

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He also wrapped a pair of new trainers in tin foil hoping to make off with them without paying before heading for the door, but he was stopped by staff.

Security guards let him go without noticing the clothes he had stolen, but he was quickly identified and followed by police.

The crook, noticing the officers on his tail, dumped his bike and jumped onto a canal boat from a bridge before swimming to the other side of the waterway.

Prosecutor Melanie Winterflood said: "There were unusual circumstances.

"Police followed Mr Scott on his bike along City Walls Road. He tries to evade them.

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"In James Close he jumped onto a canal boat then into the water, swimming across to the other side."

However Scott's bid for freedom was in vain as cops managed to catch up to him.

Judith Hulland, chairman of the magistrates bench, fined Scott £40 and ordered he pay a victim surcharge to the tune of £114.

Chairman Hulland said: "Don't continue to shoplift.

"We have been very lenient.

"If you shoplift again it could be a very different situation in the future in front of another bench."

Scott was previously banned from entering a string of shops last year by Worcester Magistrates' Court including Londis, Wilko, Iceland, Waitrose and Tesco.

Judith Kenney, defending, said Scott's "chaotic lifestyle" was to blame and said he had turned to crime as he had nowhere to live, but hoped rehabilitation from drugs would help him turn his life around.

"He is desperate to relinquish this addiction to drugs," Mrs Kenney said.

"He is positive [about rehabilitation]. He thinks that will help him hugely."

Scott's mum, Hinte, became infamous in 2016 after falsely claiming she had bagged half of a £66m jackpot in the lottery.

She was dubbed "Lotto gran" after claiming she had put the winning ticket in the washing machine in a bid for cash that was later rejected.

Susanne died in August 2017 of a suspected heart attack at her home in Borrowdale Drive, Worcester.

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