Chesterfield heroin addict stole meat from Tesco

Chesterfield magistrates court.
Chesterfield magistrates court.

A drug-user has been given a second chance after she stole meat from a supermarket.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard, on April 15, how Amanda Johnson, of Devonshire Close, Chesterfield, was spotted by a security guard stealing the meat from a Tesco, in Chesterfield.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “She was seen by a security guard in Tesco Extra putting five packs of meat in her basket but then went into an aisle and put the meat in her coat.”

Johnson told police she had acted impulsively and intended to sell the meat on. She pleaded guilty to stealing after the incident in March.

Steve Brint, defending, said Johnson wants to be rid of her heroin addiction and has had difficulties with depression and benefits.

Magistrates sentenced her to a 12 month conditional discharge but warned that she would be re-sentenced if she committed another crime. She was ordered to pay £100 in costs and a victim surcharge.