Gemma Graty stole meat from the same Sainsbury’s Local on two separate occasions and a prescription from Victoria Pharmacy, all in Malvern, over a three-week spell.
The mum, 35, who is currently in prison for another offence, was described by her solicitor as “out of control” due to her crack cocaine and heroin addiction at the time of the thefts.Why is this considered mitigation, and not an aggravating feature?
Defence solicitor Mark Turnbull told magistrates on Thursday, that Graty, on video link, was “committing a lot of offences” during a difficult period.Difficult for the local shops? Or for her daughter?
Graty, who lived with her 18-month-old daughter and partner in Kipling Close, Malvern, before being sent to prison in May, is due out later this month.Why is a prolific shoplifter and addict allowed to keep a child?
Chair of the bench Barbra Broadhurst agreed for sentencing to be adjourned for a couple of weeks, while other offences are brought before the court to avoid "drip feeding sentences".And why does the justice system dance round the issue, rather than come down even harder?