A grandmother who robbed low-value items from Poundland because she was "hungry" has explained her story after being sentenced.
In an emotional trial at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (June 9) Linsey Perry pleaded guilty to three counts of theft while serving a suspended sentence, reports NottinghamshireLive.
The court heard that the 43-year-old had 14 total convictions, including eight thefts, which took place between 2019 and 2023.
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Among the stolen items were toothpaste and a coffee bag, which she'd taken as a present for her pregnant daughter.
There was no application for compensation as the cost of the items added up to very little.
The situation had a significant impact on Judge Stuart Rafferty QC.
While delivering his verdict, he said: "I know times are hard.
"It makes me sad, not angry, because you have been doing so well.
"I remember saying goodbye to you, hoping not to see you again. You have become the lost cause of my judicial life."
Concerned for her well-being, he asked the defendant whether she'd found accommodation and whether she was still drinking alcohol.
She answered in the affirmative on both counts.
Currently consuming three drinks a week, Perry claimed that she wants to "focus on family."
Judge Rafferty asserted: "For each of the offences, I will impose six months treatment.
"I think it is important for you to see me. Although I am not a social worker, I think you need someone to talk to.
"I will ask for reviews. I will ask you to come see me again."
He added: "I do not think I have given anyone else as many chances as I have given you. You have been doing well.
"I am proud of you, and you should be too."
Following the hearing she spoke candidly about her troubles, admitting that all she wants is security.
The gran said: "I want my own place. I stole because I was hungry.
"Now I just want to live in a place on my own and concentrate on family."
Following an incident, the nan-of-three spent six months in a tent, but having now moved to shared accommodation in Sutton-in-Ashfield she's striving to end her involvement in petty crime and fight for a better life.
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