Mercy for South Yorkshire hairspray sniffer who breached ASBO

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A woman who claimed she was addicted to sniffing hairspray aerosols has been freed from jail so she can seek help.

Sophie Hunt, aged 24, was locked up for breaching her Anti-Social Behaviour Order after an incident at her grandma’s home during which she greeted police officers with an aerosol can.

Hunt, formerly of Doe Quarry Lane, Dinnington, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court via videolink from New Hall Prison, near Wakefield.

She admitted two breaches of the ASBO in Grimsby on July 14, a further breach in Sheffield on August 8 and again breaching the order and being a public nuisance in Doncaster Road, Rotherham, on August 14.

A fifth breach at her grandma’s in Rotherham on September 26 was allowed to lie on file.

Details of the breaches were not given in court when Hunt appeared for sentence before Judge Peter Kelson QC.

But the court heard the incident at her grandmother’s happened while she was on bail for the other matters.

Dermot Hughes, defending, said if she was released she could go to live with a friend in Maltby but needed to attend self-help groups in Rotherham town centre and ‘didn’t have the financial resources’ to make the trips.

Judge Kelson, who originally jailed Hunt for breaching her bail conditions, said: “I didn’t want this young lady to go to custody – it is the wrong place to go.

“She has so many problems. She needs all the help she can get.”

Hunt’s two-year ASBO was imposed by Rotherham magistrates on May 23, 2013 after she was convicted of disorderly behaviour.

Judge Kelson gave her a community order and ordered she be supervised by probation staff for 12 months.