A MOTHER whole stole more than £100 worth of goods to provide for her daughter has been given a conditional discharge.
Nicole Green, 22, of Bearwood Hill Road in Winshill, stole a variety of items from Sainsbury's in Union Street on July 22. She admitted the charge at Burton Magistrates' Court. The court was told how staff were made aware of the incident after Green paid for just £5 of shopping before attempting to leave. However she was then stopped and admitted that she had not intended to pay for what was taken. Prosecuting, Emma Thompson told magistrates that Green has a number of previous convictions, however her last offence was in 2011. She said: "She has shown remorse for her actions."
Defending, John Skinner told magistrates that Green had stolen the items for herself and had not intended to sell them on. He explained that she is currently struggling to provide for her young daughter and had resorted to stealing in order to make sure that the pair could eat. He said that having worked with Green for a number of years, he was aware of her personal circumstances.
He said: "She has gone three years without committing any other offence. I am aware that she has a very difficult background and she is working hard to get herself out of the position she is currently in. She had been in a violent relationship and took the food in order to support her daughter. She made full and frank admissions to committing the offence at the earliest opportunity."
Magistrates handed Green a two-year conditional discharge, the length of which was determined by taking into account her previous offences of a similar nature. They reminded her that should she re-offend during this time then she would face punishment for the theft as well as any new charges brought against her. She also has to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.