Eight weeks prison for woman who stole coat from Beales in Poole to pay back drug debts (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Eight weeks prison for woman who stole coat from Beales in Poole to pay back drug debts
1:00pm Tuesday 20th May 2014 in News
A WOMAN who stole to pay back her drug debts has been jailed for eight weeks.
Deborah Bayley, of Sea View Road in Parkstone, admitted stealing a Craghopper jacket worth £130 from Beales at the Dolphin Centre, Poole.
But Bournemouth Magistrates heard that the 51-year-old had ‘struggled valiantly’ to rid herself of a drug addiction before falling into a dependency on methadone, and later alcohol.
Nicola Reece, prosecuting, said the defendant entered Beales and selected a Craghopper jacket on March 8 at 3.30pm “She concealed it inside a large blue bag and then left, making no attempt to pay,” she added.
Mike Flynn, mitigating, said Bayley had been working hard to overcome her problems.
“She is a lady who has troubled the courts on many occasions,” he admitted.
He added: “She had major problems with a drug dependency, and struggled valiantly with that before becoming dependant on methadone.”
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