Drunken shoplifter is spared jail

Law and order
Law and order

A SOMERCOTES woman caught shoplifting told a court she drank too much and “got carried away”.

Nicola Weaver filled a shopping basket with £35 worth of meat and left Leabrooks Co-Op without paying for it.

The offence was captured on in-store security film and she was with someone who has not been prosecuted.

Mike Treharne, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates that Weaver was later identified and arrested.

She was interviewed on June 8 and told police she was very drunk at the time of the offence.

“She said she couldn’t recall the incident and woke up in a derelict building next to the store,” said Mr Treharne.

Weaver (29) of Queen Street, Somercotes, admitted theft on May 19 and breaching an 18-month conditional discharge imposed in January last year for a similar offence at Skegness.

She told the court: “I had just moved because of problems I had been having. I went out for a drink and got carried away.

“I can’t remember doing it and I apologise. I don’t know why I did it.”

Weaver, a former heroin abuser, added that she had kept off the drug for almost three years.

The justices imposed a one-year probation supervision order, with £35 compensation and £85 costs.