Louth woman with over 100 previous convictions stole spirits to buy drugs

In the courts
In the courts

A 39 year old Louth woman, with more than 100 previous convictions, stole spirits from a town store to buy drugs, a court has been told.

Michelle Taylor, of Freer Gardens, admitted stealing the spirits, worth £83, when she appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told the magistrates that in the early afternoon of May 2, she had been seen placing a bottle of 
Southern Comfort in her bag while she was at the Co-op store in Louth, and then leaving without paying.

She was stopped outside and found to also have another two bottles of Southern Comfort and one of Baileys in her bag.

When she was interviewed by police she said she had been struggling with drug addiction and had no funds so had stolen the spirits to sell for money to buy drugs.

Mr Clare said Taylor had 118 previous convictions, mainly for dishonesty.

Mitigating, Gary Farmer said Taylor had been a heroin addict up until 2013, since when she had been clean until she 
had formed a ‘disastrous’ relationship with an addict and was now back on drugs.

He told the magistrates she wanted to get off drugs and out of the relationship and was in touch with Addaction for help.

The magistrates adjourned sentencing to June 23 and called for a report from the Probation Service.

She was granted conditional bail.