Grantham court: Woman shoplifts after release

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A Grantham woman has admitted to stealing two pairs of children’s shoes valued at £70 from Brantano, just over a fortnight after being released from custody.

Kerry Lee Askew, 33, of Uplands Drive, pleaded guilty to the shop theft on May 1, as well as for her initial failure to come to court.

Shelley Wilson, prosecuting, detailed how staff at the store in the Augustin Retail Park noticed Askew behaving suspiciously by the children’s shoes, and that after she left they checked the area to find two pairs missing.

Askew was then traced to New Street using CCTV, where officers spoke to her and found the shoes inside her handbag.

Mrs Wilson said that Askew gave ‘far-fetched reasons’ as to how they came to be there in interview, and despite being charged then failed to attend court on June 23.

The prosecutor added that Askew ‘has a fairly long history of offending’, and Stuart Wild, defending, confirmed that Askew had been released from a custodial sentence two or three weeks prior to this offence.

The warrant for Askew’s arrest following her previous non-attendence at court was withdrawn by magistrates, and they adjourned the case until July 28 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the probation service.