Drug addict stole bedding to pay for heroin

Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A struggling drug-addict has been given a chance to turn her life around after she stole bedding from a Chesterfield store.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, March 29, how Sarah-Louise May, 32, of Hipper Street West, Chesterfield, stole the bedding including two sets of pillow cases from Dunelm to sell on to buy heroin.

Prosecuting solicitor Gillian Foxcroft said: “She was seen on CCTV and identified and she said she had agreed to steal the bedding for a friend and she didn’t have any money and stole one set of bedding with two sets of pillow cases.

“She said she sold the items to a friend for £10 and she used that money to buy heroin.”

May pleaded guilty to the theft which took place on January 27.

Defence solicitor Steve Brint said: “She has had ups and downs and been involved in not the best relationships and she had been introduced to heroin and this had taken hold of her and so had drink.”

He added: “She is trying to turn her life around and has spent a considerable amount of time homeless.”

Mr Brint explained that May has stopped taking heroin and is on a methadone prescription to help wean herself off the drug.

Magistrates told May they were willing to give her a chance by imposing a 12 month conditional discharge.

But they warned that if she commits any further offences she will be re-sentenced for the theft matter.

She was also ordered to pay £70 costs and a £15 victim surcharge and £65 in compensation.