‘Mercy’ plea for Nelson shoplifter mum

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.
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A young mum on a suspended sentence for child cruelty put her family’s future in jeopardy by going on a shoplifting spree.

Leanne Case put perfume and clothes she wanted for her holidays in a pushchair when she and her younger sister raided New Look and Boots in Blackburn.

Case (22), of Macleod Street, Nelson, appeared at Burnley Crown Court for being in breach of her 16-week suspended prison term and for the two thefts.

Mr Martin Hackett (defending) said a pre-sentence report from the probation service made uncomfortable reading, suggesting she did not take the court appearance seriously.

However, he said, she said she was remorseful and was fearful for the future.

“I’m making a plea for mercy to give her another chance, at 22, to get her life back on track,” he said.

Recorder Mr Andrew Thomas said Case deserved to be punished for her selfish offences. He extended the suspended sentence by six months until November next year, and gave her two extra weeks at the end of it for the shoplifting offences.

He told her: “You should be ashamed of yourself. If you commit any further offences, it is highly likely that it will be implemented. Please do not be so stupid next time.”