Woman stole earrings from shop to ‘make herself look pretty’
A Dundee woman who stole a pair of earrings to “make herself look pretty” has been given a deferred sentence to deal with her alcohol problems.
Rachel Morrison, 41, admitted stealing the jewellery, worth £36, from Debenhams in the Overgate Centre on September 1.
Morrison, who moved to Scotland from England, was said to have fallen in with “bad company” upon her arrival.
She has previous convictions after appearing in courts in England and in Inverness.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard she had a difficult childhood and was now living in homeless accommodation at the Salvation Army in the city.
Morrison was also struggling with alcohol issues, which she was attempting to address on her own, the court was told.
On the date the offence took place, she was said to have been going through one of her “bad days” and had “wanted to make herself look pretty”.
The earrings were later recovered.
Sheriff Alastair Brown said: “This lady appears to have gone substantially off the rails.
“She had a restriction of liberty order in 2016, which she breached, and was then in custody.”
Addressing Morrison, Sheriff Brown said: “I understand from what has been said that you have problems, one of which is drinking.
“From the perspective of the court and the public you are a problem, because you keep stealing things and misbehaving in other ways.
“So it is in everyone’s interest to address your problems.”
Sheriff Brown released Morrison on bail and deferred sentencing until December 7.