Food hid­den in bra leads to court

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

A woman who con­cealed meat and milk pow­der in her trousers and bra will serve 80 hours’ com­mu­nity work, Judge Bill Hast­ings ruled at Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day.

Taka­puwahia woman Sera McMil­lan, 42, shoplifted from Porirua Pak ’ nSave at 4pm on Novem­ber 11.

She put meat down her trousers, cooked deli chicken and beef in her bra, and milk pow­der in her waist- band, po­lice prose­cu­tor Paul Macky said.

McMil­lan also put other items in her shop­ping trol­ley, which she paid for.

When con­fronted by shop staff, McMil­lan said she had for­got­ten her purse, Mr Macky said.

McMil­lan then rang a friend to come to the shop and pay for the meat and milk pow­der, her lawyer Jewelly McVay said.

McMil­lan was un­em­ployed, but was seek­ing work to sup­port her 12-year-old son and a 2- year- old grand­son she also cared for, Ms McVay said.

‘‘She is try­ing to turn her sit­u­a­tion around,’’ Ms McVay said.

‘‘She’s very ashamed to come to court to­day.

‘‘ Be­cause she’s a nana now, she feels she shouldn’t be here.’’

Judge Hast­ings noted McMil­lan had another re­cent shoplift­ing con­vic­tion, from Septem­ber, but com­mended her for al­ready com­plet­ing the 40- hour com­mu­nity work sen­tence.

Twenty per cent of McMil­lan’s new sen­tence could be con­verted to ba­sic train­ing, Judge Hast­ings said.

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