Tooth­brush thief is given ‘last chance’

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Court re­porter

A se­rial thief who stole an elec­tric tooth­brush from a Stir­ling store was this week warned she faces jail if she of­fends again.

Me­gan Roberts, of Burn­green, Kip­pen, was given su­per­vi­sion and un­paid work and was also or­dered to pay £220 in com­pen­sa­tion to Boots in the This­tles for the tooth­brush which was not re­cov­ered.

The 23-year-old had ad­mit­ted a charge of steal­ing the tooth­brush from the store on Fe­bru­ary 20 this year.

When she ap­peared for sen­tence at Stir­ling Sher­iff Court on Wed­nes­day her agent Jay Good­willie told Sher­iff Wyllie Robert­son that Roberts had been“up front and hon­est”about the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the case.

Roberts, said the lawyer, had been await­ing her first Uni­ver­sal Credit pay­ment and had been strug­gling fi­nan­cially. She had also been us­ing heroin, but ac­cepted full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the of­fence, Ms Good­willie added.

The ac­cused, she said, had her own ten­ancy in Kip­pen which had been given to her ap­prox­i­mately six weeks ago.

She now lives four miles from her mother who pro­vides her with sup­port look­ing af­ter the ac­cused’s five-year-old son due to Roberts’“drug is­sues,”

Ms Good­willie also pointed out how­ever that Roberts had re­ported that she is not us­ing any“il­licit sub­stances”and had made a lot of progress.

Roberts was also“more than will­ing”to com­ply with su­per­vi­sion or an un­paid work re­quire­ment.

She is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing ap­prox­i­mately £510 per month in ben­e­fits and af­ter out­go­ings is left with £100.

Roberts, said Ms Good­willie, also of­fered to pay the court £20 per month.

Sher­iff Wyllie Robert­son told Roberts her record showed that she was a per­sis­tent of­fender and con­tained of­fences of a sim­i­lar na­ture.

He added:“It’s get­ting to the stage where cus­tody is go­ing to be im­posed. You can take it by im­pos­ing a com­mu­ni­ty­based dis­posal to­day that this is your last chance.”

Sher­iff Robert­son sen­tenced Roberts to a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der com­pris­ing 18 months’su­per­vi­sion and 200 hours’ un­paid work.

She was also or­dered to pay £220 in com­pen­sa­tion payable at a rate of £20 per month.

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