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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Carlisle woman, 80, didn’t know why she stole from shop

An elderly woman who stole from a supermarket told a court she did not know why she committed the offence.

Joyce Hind, 80, of Bracken Ridge, Belah, Carlisle, stole food from Tesco on the city’s Victoria Viaduct.

Andrew Travis, prosecuting, told the city’s magistrates court that Hind placed some items on view in her shopping trolley and others into a carrier bag.

“She then went to the checkout and paid for three items with another 12 in the bag,” he said.

“She was stopped by security guards.”

Police were called and Hind was interviewed at the scene.

The total value of the food stolen was £13.85.

Mr Travis said Hind had been cautioned five times before for shoplifting, once in 2012 and four times last year. This was why the case was brought to court.

Hind, who defended herself in court, was asked by District Judge Gerald Chalk why she had carried out the crime. She replied: “I don’t know; I won’t be doing it again, that’s a promise.”

She added that she did not steal the food because of financial difficulty.

Hind was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £15.

Judge Chalk added: “Let’s not see you back here again.”

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