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Alcoholic had no memory of stealing wine

Malvern Editorial 21st May, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN ALCOHOLIC stole three bottles of wine despite being on a conditional discharge, a court has heard.

Sandra Wickett, of Bellars Lane, took £14.25 worth of wine from Co-op on Barnards Green Road, before stealing a £5 bottle from Pickersleigh Road’s One Stop on April 12.

The 46-year-old also attempted to steal another two bottles from Tesco Express on Madresfield Road on the same day, but was unsuccessful.

On December 13 last year Wickett was given a six-month conditional discharge for two matters of shop lifting, Worcester Magistrates Court heard last Friday (May 16).

The previous offences were brought back with these charges and a community order of nine months with supervision and six months alcohol treatment were subsequently issued.

She was seen taking the bottles of wine and when approached she tried to conceal them. The defendant also took a drink from one of the bottles, the court heard.

Defending solicitor Sam Lamsdale told magistrates how prior to the offences Wickett had drunk in excess for about seven days and had no recollection of the day.

Wickett pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and an attempted theft and was also ordered to pay a total of £19.25 in compensation, £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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