Woman stole ear­rings from shop to ‘make her­self look pretty’

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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