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Barrow Mum claimed family issues led to thefts

A 35-year-old mum claimed she went on a shoplifting spree after family relationships broke down.

Furness Magistrates’ Court heard how Patricia Hayton stole clothing, perfume and beauty products worth more than £350.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said staff in Debenhams, Portland Walk, Barrow, spotted her behaving suspiciously.

She said: “They had been watching her and the police were called. When she was arrested she was found in possession of stolen goods from New Look and Boots, both also on Portland Walk.

“She said she wasn’t bothered about being caught as it didn’t matter what happened. She said she had been stealing the items for herself and baby clothes for her nieces.”

Hayton, of Mosley Street, Barrow, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft from a shop on December 4.

She stole clothing totalling £113.96 from New Look, clothing and perfume from Debenhams valued at £228 and beauty products from Boots costing £12.50.

Mr Andrew Gibson, defending, said: “I don’t think what was said about her not being bothered being caught is quite accurate. “When she came into my office she had written a letter and in it she said how she had never done anything in her life like this before. She had had a family breakdown.

“She has since been to her doctors and her anti-depressant tablets have been increased. She said that since she did this crime she has been really upset and she is very sorry.”

Magistrates gave her a 12-month conditional discharge.

Hayton was told to pay a £50 contribution towards prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge. An attachment of benefits order was made to take the money at £5 a week.

Have your say

In a way I feel sorry for the defendant here because they way I see it she acted on instinct because all she wanted to do was clothe her child/children.
It is perfectly understandable for crimes of this level to occur when we weigh up as to what people are going through with the on set of cuts to benefits & so forth, in other words, people turn to crime in order to survive.
She may have received a conditional discharge or worse still she could have got jail, either way it still doesn't solve the issue (crime).
By comparison just observe they way boss's of these energy companies legally steal millions from ordinary people on a daily basis-they don't go to jail.

Posted by Charlie on 22 December 2013 at 15:40

She was wrong yes, but never hurt anyone, man jailed for 5 years for stealing charity boxes, very wrong but never hurt anyone, man murdered a poor young father, jailed for 3 years, please justify all that, it's a bad world because of these people in daft wigs, and only going to get worse.

Posted by JM on 20 December 2013 at 13:51

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