Community Sentence facts

Scarborough Magistrates Court.
Scarborough Magistrates Court.

A 27-year-old Scarborough woman has admitted stealing from a shop just four days after she was given a community order for a similar offence.

Joanne Stephanie Lee, of Herdborough Road in Eastfield, pleaded guilty when she appeared before Scarborough Magistrates Court.

Cathering Turnbull, prosecuting, told the court that Lee went into a branch of Sports Direct at the end of June and took clothing worth a total of £61.95.

She said: “The defendent has gone into the store and picked up some clothing. She has gone to changing rooms and taken the clothing off the hangers and placed it into a bag she had with her. She tried to leave the shop without paying. She was stopped on her way out.”

Ms Turnbull said that Lee had money with her but needed it to buy other items. “All goods were recovered.”

Marcus Topham, in mitigation, said that an aggravating factor of the incident was that the attempted theft was committed shortly after the community order had been imposed.

He added that Lee’s benefits had been suspended and she had missed several probation appointments because her life was “chaotic”.

Lee was given a six-month community order with supervision and six days of specified activity.