Booze-troubled Sheffield woman stole wine from Iceland supermarket

A desperate shoplifter has been given a chance to address her alcohol issues after she stole two bottles of wine.

Thursday, 14th May 2020, 5:42 pm
Updated Friday, 15th May 2020, 1:22 pm

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court – sitting at Sheffield Crown Court – heard today, Thursday, May 14, how Jeanette Russell, aged 52, of St Philips Road, Sheffield, stole a bottle of wine from an Iceland store in Sheffield on May 14 and stole another from the same store on May 15.

Susan Fisher, prosecuting, said: “She has taken a bottle of wine and left and was captured on CCTV and returned the following day and the second incident has taken place and she has been stopped by staff members having been recognised and police were called.”

Russell pleaded guilty to the two thefts.

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Pictured is Sheffield Crown Court which has been hosting Sheffield Magistrates' Court cases during the coronavirus crisis.

Hester Russell, defending, said: “She is in a very low mood and has been having suicidal thoughts.”

Miss Russell added the defendant accepts taking the wine and she is currently subject to an alcohol treatment requirement and acknowledges she has problems with alcohol.

District Judge Naomi Redhouse urged the defendant to visit her GP and told her: “Alcohol is always going to be a bog problem for you and it is not going to go away in our society and until you can see yourself as an ex-drinker you have to do all you can to try and come away from alcohol.”

District Judge Redhouse sentenced Russell to a nine-month conditional discharge but warned her that if she commits another offence in the next nine months she will be re-sentenced for the thefts. Russell must also pay £9 compensation.