A THIEF has been jailed for slapping a supermarket worker and threatening to stab him with a needle after being caught shoplifting.
Prolific offender Victoria Wilson made the threat after being stopped leaving the Tesco store in Simonside, South Shields, after stealing five bottles of whiskey.
Wilson slapped him on the head and said ‘get off. I’m three months pregnant. I’ve got a needle. I will stab you’.Glenda Beck, prosecuting
When arrested, Wilson, pregnant at the time, gave police her sister’s details, prompting another court charge after her real identity was discovered.
The 28-year-old admitted charges of assault, theft, going equipped for theft and obstructing a police officer in the course of their duty at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The offences were committed while she was on court bail for stealing more than £800 worth of goods from two South Tyneside stores on the same day.
Wilson also admitted stealing £659 worth of perfume from the Debenhams store in Waterloo Square, South Shields, and snatching two children’s jackets, together valued at £158, from the Barbour factory on the town’s Bede Trading Estate, both on Sunday, March 22.
She also pleaded guilty to attempted theft of perfume from Boots in Newcastle on Saturday, April 11, and asked for thefts at Asda in Ryhope Street, Sunderland, on Wednesday, March 4, and at Boots, in Durham City, the following day, to be taken into consideration.
The court heard that Wilson has 63 previous theft offences on her criminal record.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “The latest offences took place in South Shields at 2.30pm on April Sunday, 19.
“She entered Tesco, in Towers Place, South Shields, and took five 70cl bottles of Jack Daniel’s whiskey and put them in a foil-lined bag and left without paying.
“She was detained by a security guard, who she struck in the face.
“A witness described how she had ran off and the security guard ran after her and grabbed her.
“Wilson slapped him on the head and said ‘get off. I’m three months pregnant. I’ve got a needle. I will stab you’.
“She was arrested by police and falsely gave the details of her sister.
“When her true identity was discovered, she was re-arrested for obstructing a police officer in their duty.”
Gerry Armstrong, defending, said Wilson needed help to tackle drug problems but was still worth trying to help.
He said: “The rollercoaster life of Victoria Wilson still gathers momentum.
“She is a young lady, aged 28, with a significant history of offending.
“The Probation Service believes she needs intensive drug intervention. They still think she is someone worth saving. They believe they can work with her.
“She slapped the security guard because he grabbed her in a bear-hug. She told him she is in the early stages of pregnancy. He suffered no injury.”
Keith Suddards, chairman of the magistrates, said: “We have considered these matters very carefully.
“We believe the custody threshold has been passed due to your spree of offending.”
Wilson, of Dykes Way, Gateshead, was jailed for 20 weeks.
She was also ordered to pay £350 compensation to Debenhams, £100 to Barbour and £50 to the security worker she assaulted, as well as a £180 criminal court charge, costs of £85 and a surcharge of £80, making for a total court bill of £865.