Woman, 28, jailed for four months

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A SCARBOROUGH woman who ignored community orders and committed a string of thefts has been jailed.

Jill Blackburn, 28, of Albemarle Crescent, carried out her latest theft, of two bottles of wine, on June 21.

After magistrates heard that Blackburn had persistently failed to comply with community orders they resentenced her for a host of earlier offences, jailing her for more than four months.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said: “This is a woman with a significant record.”

Blackburn was jailed for a month for the theft of the wine, worth £10.58, and an additional three months for a theft in Marks and Spencer on June 18.

Describing the earlier offence, probation officer Paul Willan said: “She was seen shopping for food and clothes. She befriended another female shopper and started to help her do her shopping.

“While doing that she stole her purse from her handbag and £30 cash. It was a theft from a person going about their business.”

The court heard that Blackburn had also stolen £191 worth of alcohol from Tesco in February, make up worth £3.99 from a chemist in Aberdeen Walk, a leather jacket worth £47 from Miss Selfridge in April and £65 worth of beef and steak from Sainsburys in May.

Mr Willan said community orders given to Blackburn had been revoked twice after she failed to comply, and that the last order had been made as a direct alternative to custody.

Blackburn then failed to attend a session with the probation service on July 6 and a drug test, which was part of a drug rehabilitation order, on July 16.

Marcus Topham, mitigating, asked magistrates to impose a suspended sentence order, claiming his client had been left destitute after her benefits were stopped for 12 weeks.

However, chairman of the bench Delia Liddle said: “You have wilfully and persistently failed to comply with community orders.”

An additional 10 days was added to the sentence in lieu of £370 in fines.