Unpaid work for bag theft

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A Scarborough woman stands to at least lose a leg, or worse her life is she doesn’t kick her heroin addiction, a court heard.

Jamie Johnson, 35, appeared before York Crown Court on a charge of theft, having elected not to have the case heard before Scarborough magistrates in order to give herself more time to tackle her habit.

Alan Mitcheson, prosecuting, said that on a night out in Scarborough on May 6, this year, Johnson of Elder Street, was left in charge of a family friend’s handbag.

Johnson, who pleaded guilty, took a mobile phone, keys and up to £60 in cash from the bag before dumping it in the Lord Nelson pub. She then, in an attempt to cover her tracks, joined in searching for the bag.

The court heard that since the offence Johnson had posted back the phone and was offering to pay back the money.

Patricia Doherty, mitigating, told the court of Johnson’s health problems, adding that her client appeared to have turned the corner and had been providing drug free test results.

The court heard that Johnson, who has a number of previous convictions, was no longer associating with her former “friends” who had influenced her lifestyle in the past and was back living with her mother.

Johnson was placed under a 12 month community order with 50 hours of unpaid work. and £50 compensation.