Addict mum pleads ‘lock me up for Christmas’

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A MOTHER addicted to crack cocaine pleaded for magistrates to send her to prison.

Nicola Coggin, of Harrowby Close, Grantham, was sentenced to six weeks in prison after her impassioned plea to be jailed was accepted.

Coggin, 33, admitted two charges of theft of items from Boots and Asda. By pleading guilty, Coggin was also in breach of a conditional discharge and a community order.

The court heard from Addaction how Coggin has little control over her life because of her addiction to crack cocaine, which is costing around £200 a week.

She receives methadone to help her with her heroin addiction but no substitute is available for her crack cocaine problem.

Judith Armstrong, defending, said Coggin had instructed her to ask to be sent to prison.

Miss Armstrong said: “She feels she cannot cope any longer within the community setting and has asked to be given a custodial sentence.

“Her health is so poor now she feels she cannot continue in the community and is a danger to herself.

“She needs the time in prison to get rid of the grip of addiction.”

Coggin appeared in court alongside her husband David Coggin who admitted his role in the Boots theft and was given a conditional discharge.

The pair exchanged a final goodbye kiss as Mrs Coggin was being led away in handcuffs.

In sentencing, chair of magistrates Mary Sleigh said the magistrates had no alternative but custody.

She added: “This is not something we enjoy doing.

“The three of us consider this a sad day.”