Grieving widow admits shoplifting offences

A GRIEVING widow appeared in court after stealing from several town centre stores.

Linda Brewerton, of Beltring Terrace, was seen by staff in Marks & Spencer to take items and leave without paying for them.

The 58-year-old then admitted to stealing from other shops including Boots and a charity store.

Eastbourne magistrates heard the defendant could not remember committing all the offences but accepted she had stolen them.

The court heard she suffered from memory problems and had a notebook with her to jot things down. She also had severe depression following the death of her husband.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and admitted three other similar offences which she had asked to be taken into consideration.

Andrew Whelpton, defending, asked for his client to receive full credit and added, “It’s quite clear she has a history of mental health problems.

“She has support from her daughter who sits at the back of court.”

He added she had seeked assistance from her GP and had been in contact with probation.

She was fined £25 each for the two theft offences and ordered to pay £25 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.