Robyn Driscoll (24), who was said to suffered a troubled childhood, was spared prison for her part in a burglary on a parish church.They burgled a church? Not, as you might think these days, for the lead either:
Driscoll, with two men, spilled communion wine, stole a silver box for Holy Communion wafers, a gold plate and a projector, together worth £2,000, Leicester Crown Court was told this week.But that was an afterthought:
Prosecutor Justin Wigoder said Driscoll and the two men in their 30s were found in a hedge in the early hours by police, after they had triggered an alarm at a convenience store they had just broken into.Forgetting any thought of feminism’s accomplishments over the last few decades, her defence was ‘The men done led me astray, yer honour!’:
He said the officers found £1,500 worth of drink, cigarettes and scratch cards in a bin liner they had taken from the Barrow Express shop in Barrow-upon-Soar.
Paul Prior, for Driscoll, of Westleigh Road, Glen Parva, said the men were the instigators of the crimes and that his client had no previous convictions.Did it work? Well, what do you think?
He said she had suffered a deeply troubled childhood which had turned her to heroin and alcohol.
Judge Simon Hammond told Driscoll: "What you did was despicable, in breaking into a place of worship and stealing.And deal the church and the owners of the convenience store, not to mention society itself, a bum one…
"I am convinced the men were the instigators and you went along for the ride.
"It is clear that you have been dealt a very bad deal by life.
"I am going to deal you a good card to allow you to put what has happened to you behind you."