Shoplifter was “bladdered”

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A WOMAN who was caught shoplifting subsequently told police that she couldn’t remember the incident because she was “bladdered”.

But, appearing before St Helens Magistrates’ Court last Friday (October 7), Rebecca Vaughan, 30, pleaded guilty to the offence.

Angela Blackmore, prosecuting, told how security guards watching live CCTV footage at a Co-op store saw the defendant pinching 10 bottles of Persil detergent and four cans of Special Brew lager.

They detained the defendant a short time later.

In interview, Vaughan, of Carnegie Crescent, Sutton, told police she was “bladdered” after drinking nine cans of Special Brew.

Frank Roe, defending, told how his client had battled hard to rid herself of cocaine and heroin habits, only to get sucked into an alcohol problem.

He urged justices to consider a community-based penalty because previous short prison sentences had not put a stop to her offending behaviour.

Magistrates adjourned the case until October 14 for reports and released Vaughan on conditional bail.