Shoplifter warned: ‘You’re one offence away from prison’

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A WOMAN who admitting stealing from two South Tyneside stores and handling stolen goods has been warned she is one more offence away from being put behind bars.

Claire Moralee snatched a bottle of Disaronno worth £18 from Asda in South Shields and three fillet steaks from Lidl, valued at £26.97, during two raids in a month.

She pleaded guilty to both the meat theft, on Sunday, July 6, and stealing the booze, on Monday, July 28, when she appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The 34-year-old, of Eglesfield Road, South Shields, had previously entered a guilty plea at the court to an offence of handling stolen goods – basketball tops from the Officers Club and Manuka honey from a Holland and Barrett store -– on August 15.

The case was adjourned until September 25 in order for a pre-sentence report to be compiled by the probation service.

Stephanie Malloy, defending, said: “She is someone with numerous previous offences. She has a number of background issues. She is alcohol- dependent and is taking methodone.

“She is desperate for help. She would welcome assistance from the probation service to get her life back in order. I would invite you to adjourn the case for a probation report to be completed.”

District Judge Helen Cousins told Moralee: “I am adjourning this case for an all-options pre-sentence report.

“You will need to see the probation service.

“If you commit another offence while you are on bail, the chances are you will end up in custody.”

Moralee was given bail until her trial date, with the conditions she lives and sleeps at her home address and does not enter any retail premises.

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