Food hidden in bra leads to 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.