A MOTHER and son have been given conditional discharges despite stealing almost £100 worth of alcohol and food from a Malvern supermarket.
Coralina Smith, of Sayers Avenue, and Marcus Smith, of Elgar Avenue, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates’ Court to stealing crates of beer and food worth £93.12 from Morrisons in the town.
Owen Beale, prosecuting, told the court the pair went into the shop, with a friend, and filled a trolley with the items.
They passed the till points and went on to leave the store with their friend pushing the trolley.
Coralina Smith, 44, went to open the car while her son, 20, acted as lookout. A security guard went over and spoke to Marcus Smith who started to blame the friend and then became abusive towards the guard.
There was then a struggle and the guard managed to grab the car keys, however during the incident Coralina Smith took his £180 glasses and damaged them.
Gary Harper, defending, said: “Marcus has gone 20 years without troubling the court and Coralina has not been here for more than a decade.”
Chair of the bench Josephine Hodges ordered the mother to pay £180 compensation to the guard and both defendants were each handed court costs of £145 and a £15 victim surcharge.
She said: “Go about your business and commit no more offences but if you should commit another crime, the court will have the right to sentence you again for this one.”