Coffee shoplifter could face jail

A shoplifter with problems was given a week to show she can comply with a community order and save herself from jail.

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

Burnley Magistrates Court heard how Claire Marie Garrard (31) had an appointment with the probation service and a judge told her she must attend.

Garrard had admitted theft of five jars of Carte Noir coffee, worth £21.75, from Spar on July 15th. The defendant, of Claughton Street, Burnley, will be sentenced today.

District Judge Duncan Birrell told the sobbing defendant: “I understand that you have considerable difficulties because of disorders from which you suffer which cause you problems but that is not a blank sheet for you to break the law.

“If you genuinely want help, the probation service and the order already in existence are there to provide you with that opportunity.”


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The judge told Garrard if she didn’t attend last Friday’s apppointment, then “you will have shown the court that making any other order than prison is pointless.”

He added: “I don’t want to send a woman of your age with your difficulties to prison, but if you present the court with no alternatives that is what will happen.”