Pensioner caught shoplifting

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A 77-year-old grandmother was given a conditional discharge after appearing in court on her third shoplifting charge.

Mary Kershaw, of Black Bull Lane, Fulwood, Preston pleaded guilty to stealing food and clothing worth £76.55 from the Marks and Spencer store in Fishergate.

This is a difficult case. She has a long history of depression. She accepts that she took the items, but she can’t explain her actions - they were not born out of dishonesty

The city’s magistrates heard Kershaw had been seen putting items from her trolley into shopping bags and then leaving the store without making any attempt to pay for them.

When arrested she had apologised and told police she had been depressed and didn’t realise she was doing it.

Mr John Didsbury, defending, said: “This is a difficult case. She has a long history of depression. She accepts that she took the items, but she can’t explain her actions - they were not born out of dishonesty.”

Kershaw was given a conditonal discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay a £150 court charge.