Grantham court: ‘Help her get back to Scotland’ plea by thief’s solicitor

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Prolific offender Kim Finnigan was caught stealing a bottle of booze from Asda in Grantham.

Finnigan, 32, admitted stealing the alcohol from the supermarket on September 14 and spent the weekend in the cells waiting to appear in court on Monday.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said Finnigan attempted to conceal the alcohol, valued at £9, under a coat as she left the store.

He told magistrates Finnigan has 77 previous convictions committed across the UK including in Scotland, Manchester, London and Liverpool. She had not long been released from prison when she committed the most recent theft.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said: “She has got a significant record but when it comes to this offence it is a single item of low value that was taken and it was recovered.”

Mr Pye-Smith suggested the defendant be given a travel warrant so she can return to Scotland.

Magistrates sentenced Finnigan to one days’ detention which was deemed already served.

Chair of magistrates Amanda Brown said: “Your record is fairly impressive.”