Serial crook mother faces jail after Sports Direct raid in South Shields

Kerry Giles, leaving South Tyneside Magistrates Court
Kerry Giles, leaving South Tyneside Magistrates Court

A serial offender mother is facing jail after raiding a South Tyneside store just weeks after being handed a suspended sentence.

Kerry Giles stole more than £60 worth of clothing from the Sports Direct store, in King Street, South Shields – but was caught red-handed after suspicious staff alerted police.

She is a young woman who has had a variety of difficulties in her life.

Geoffrey Forrester

The 38-year-old had been slapped with a 12-month prison term – suspended for 18 month – at Newcastle Crown Court in July.

Giles, who has previous convictions for fraud and a knife crime offence on her criminal record, is now set for a return date at the crown court, where her fate will be decided.

•Her previous crimes include handing her son a knife in a street fight.

At South Tyneside Magistrate’s Court, Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said: “The offence took place on August 15 at Sports Direct in South Shields.

“Giles went into the store and picked up clothing, a Nike hooded top and Adidas tracksuit bottoms, and took them into the changing rooms.

“She detagged the items – valued at £61.98 – and left the store without paying.”

She added: “Staff were suspicious of her behaviour and asked town hall cameras to monitor her.

“She was spoken to by a police officer and had the items with her. She admitted stealing them.

“The goods were recovered and she made full admissions to the police.”

Giles, of Beach Road, South Shields, admitted shop theft.

Giles appeared from custody having been arrested by police after failing to turn up for her initial court date on the charge two days prior.

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “She is a young woman who has had a variety of difficulties in her life.

“She got the wrong date, simple as that.

“She is in breach of a suspended sentence order at the crown court and the crown court judge needs to be given the opportunity to deal with the case.”

Gerald Tierney, chairman of the magistrates, said: “We will refer this matter back to the crown court as you are subject to a crown court suspended sentence, which is something you must take seriously.”

She will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court at a date to be decided.