Grantham court: Mother stole food from Asda

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A mother stole food from a supermarket in an act of ‘desperation’ to feed herself and her three-year-old-child, Grantham magistrates heard.

Helen Alexandra Wesson, 31, of Kinoulton Court, Grantham, admitted stealing items worth £132.89 from Asda on August 20.

Prosecuting, Shelly Wilson told the court that police were called at 12.30pm after staff saw Wesson shoplifting in the Grantham store.

CCTV footage showed her taking items and she had put more than £130 worth of groceries in a trolley.

Mrs Wilson said Wesson had been seen entering the store’s cafe with the stolen goods and CCTV showed her transferring the items from the trolley to bags on her child’s buggy before leaving the store without paying.

She was stopped outside the store and fully admitted stealing the items which included food, washing powder and dog food.

Wesson had said she only had £2 left on her debit card when she was caught.

Mrs Wilson said the offence meant Wesson had breached a conditional discharge imposed in August. Wesson accepted the breach.

Rob Arthur, defending, said the offence had been “very unsophisticated” and although Wesson knew what she was doing was wrong “the overwhelming priority was to obtain food” for her daughter and her self.

Mr Arthur said Wesson had bought a drink in the cafe with the £2 she had left 
and then transferred the stolen items to the bags on the buggy.

He said she was fully compliant with staff when she was stopped and the police let her go and asked her to attend a voluntary interview which she did.

Magistrates imposed another conditional discharge, to last six months, on Wesson and ordered her 
to pay a victim surcharge of £15. No costs were ordered.