Woman drank stolen wine in store toi­lets

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

AN al­co­holic swiped two bot­tles of wine from a su­per­mar­ket shelf and drank them in the store toi­lets, a court heard.

Anne Pa­tri­cia Stokes put the £5 bot­tles of wine into her trol­ley at Asda in Rawten­stall on Novem­ber 4 last year be­fore re­mov­ing them and go­ing into the toi­lets.

Burnley Mag­is­trates Court heard how staff later found two empty bot­tles.

Stokes, 37, of Royds Street, Ac­cring­ton, pleaded guilty to shoplift­ing.

She was given a 12-month con­di­tional dis­charge and or­dered to pay £10 com­pen­sa­tion.

John Ru­sius, de­fend­ing, said pro­lific shoplifter Stokes has since served a three-month prison sen­tence ear­lier this year for other shoplift­ing of­fences and is ‘de­ter­mined to change her life­style and not of­fend again’.

He told the court that she has stopped drink­ing and was now at­tend­ing sub­stance mis­use ser­vice In­spire on a vol­un­tary ba­sis.

Mr Ru­sius said: “She had gone into the store and put bot­tles of wine in her trol­ley. The staff found the bot­tles af­ter they had been con­sumed by the de­fen­dant, such was her ad­dic­tion to al­co­hol.

“She is now do­ing all the right things.”

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