Female shoplifter 'lost it' in Newtown


Court Reporter

A WOMAN “lost it” after she was stopped trying to leave a supermarket, having not paid for a box of wine.

Susan Gore, of Treowen, Newtown, admitted two counts of assault and theft when she appeared on Tuesday at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Helen Tench told the court that on July 6,  Gore attempted to steal a £15.99 box of wine from Morrisons in Newtown.

Jennifer Clarke, a member of staff, observed Gore pay for shopping, then go back to the alcohol aisle, put a box of wine in her trolley, before putting a coat over the top and trying to leave the store.

She stopped Gore, 49, and rang the police, before the defendant was taken to an office at the store.

The defendant then became aggressive and abusive, kicking and punching Miss Clarke, before she began banging her own head on the table.

An off duty security guard, Rachel Gamsby, entered the room and the woman began kicking her, before swearing at her.

She was arrested, but gave no comment interviews.

Phil Sherrard, defending, said his client had already been sentenced for a drink-driving matter relating to the offence and said she was alcohol dependant at the time of the incident.

He said she had been taken to an office while police were called, before becoming agitated following a conversation with Miss Gamsby, when Mr Sherrard said her mothering abilities were discussed.

After this, Gore said she “lost it.”

He said, following the incident, Gore was mortified by some of her own comments and disgusted by the whole incident.

She had been engaging with the mental health team and kaleidoscope and was remorseful for her actions.

She was given a 12 month community order with 25 rehabilitation days. Gore was also ordered to pay £25 compensation to each complainant, along with an £80 fine and £20 costs.

See full story in the County Times

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