Thief given chance

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

tributes: Aisha Ali. A FOR­MER drug ad­dict has been given the chance to get her life back on track by a court.

Yas­min Khan (36), of Kesteven Walk, Peter­bor­ough ap­peared at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day, where she pleaded guilty to two counts of theft.

The court was told Khan was seen tak­ing £132 worth of deodor­ant from Wilkin­sons in Peter­bor­ough on April 18 this year.

She was caught out­side the shop and ar­rested. She said she was drunk when she com­mit­ted the of­fence and tested pos­i­tive for heroin at the po­lice sta­tion.

On Tues­day, May 22, she was seen tak­ing £180 of baby clothes from Mother­care. Again she was ar­rested and said she had been drink­ing af­ter tak­ing a heroin re­place­ment script.

Khan, who has 36 pre­vi­ous of­fences of dis­hon­esty, told the court she had stopped tak­ing heroin two weeks ago.

The court was also told she was work­ing closely with the pro­ba­tion ser­vice for the first time in a num­ber of years, af­ter se­cur­ing a sta­ble ad­dress.

Chair­man of the bench Dr Vi­vian Thomas sen­tenced her to a com­mu­nity or­der, in­volv­ing su­per­vi­sion for one year and also ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and em­ploy­ment ses­sions.

Dr Thomas said: “Hope­fully you will be able to achieve some­thing with your life. You are too young to go on down the road you have been. You should take ad­van­tage of the sup­port from pro­ba­tion.”

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