Addict asks Sheffield judge for jail to help her give up drugs

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A homeless woman begged a judge to jail her so that she can try to give up drugs.

Leonie Starkie pleaded for a prison sentence when she appeared at Sheffield Crown Court to admit three shoplifting offences.

The 29-year-old former Mcat addict, who is on methadone, stole three times to feed her addiction after missing an appointment to pick up her prescription in March.

Bev Tait, prosecuting, said Starkie stole five pairs of shoes worth £309 in TK Maxx in Barnsley on March 9.

“She said she had obtained the goods to sell for drugs,” said Ms Tait.

After being bailed she went into Wilkinsons in Wombwell on March 29 and was captured on CCTV stealing more goods.

While again on bail she stole face cream worth £100 from Wilkinsons on May 6.

Her lawyer Sean Fritchley told Sheffield Crown Court she has been in prison awaiting her hearing since May 7.

“She doesn’t want to receive another chance because she is still homeless,” he added.

“If she was given another chance she would be set up to fail. She has indicated a lengthy term of imprisonment would help her.

“She has instructed me to ask the court to impose a custodial sentence for all matters.”

He told the court she had been using drugs for years and had been in an abusive relationship which led to her daughter being adopted.

Starkie, of no fixed address, was jailed for 12 months.

Recorder Nicholas Campbell QC told her: “This is a depressing case. You have suffered emotionally over this last year particularly but given your history of offending and your persistent failures to comply with orders of the court you have sadly rejected those opportunities.”