Chesterfield thief is jailed after breaches

Pictured is Ann-Marie Mettam, 31, of Arundel Close, Newbold, Chesterfield, who has been jailed for 24 weeks after breaching bail and suspended sentence arrangements.

Pictured is Ann-Marie Mettam, 31, of Arundel Close, Newbold, Chesterfield, who has been jailed for 24 weeks after breaching bail and suspended sentence arrangements.

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A thief who breached a bail arrangement and a suspended prison sentence order has been jailed for 24 weeks.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Ann-Marie Mettam, 31, of Arundel Close, Newbold, Chesterfield, admitted failing to surrender to court while she was on bail for a theft and to breaching a suspended prison sentence order for previous offences by failing to attend a meeting with a probation officer.

Mettam was being dealt with for an admitted theft from Tesco while she was already subject to the suspended sentence for previous offences of theft, handling stolen goods, drugs possession and taking a vehicle without consent. Becky Allsop, prosecuting, said: “There was a theft at Tesco in May when staff saw the defendant concealing items. She was stopped with jewellery and baby items.

“The defendant had also previously been in court for the theft of false nails from a shop and she received a conditional discharge that was varied to a suspended sentence.

“During another previous conviction of theft she was found in possession of clothing and she also had toiletries from Asda, a pair of shoes belonging to Wynsors and she pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods. She also had a small amount of cannabis.”

The court also heard Mettam had taken a vehicle without the owner’s consent in January after a student’s car was reported missing.

Mettam admitted failing to surrender to her bail and to also breaching her suspended sentence by failing to attend a probation appointment.

Defence solicitor Denny Lau said Mettam had taken medicine in Tesco and had felt “weird” and unwell when she committed the theft in May. Mettam argued she had turned up late for her probation meeting but the officer did not accept her explanation. Last Thursday, magistrates sentenced Mettam to 24 weeks in prison and ordered her to pay £230 in costs and charges.