December 6 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, January 5, 2013
A heroin addict who stole two games consoles from her own mother and sold them to try to feed her habit has been jailed.
Victoria Adcock, 23, of no fixed abode, appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court yesterday where she admitted two counts of theft in Norwich, on September 5 and October 2 last year.
She also pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation on the same dates, breaching a conditional discharge, imposed for theft in July last year, and two community orders.
Phil Charnley, prosecuting, said: “The victim of theft in each case was the defendant’s mother who allows her to stay at her home address even though she knows she has a serious drug habit and has stolen from her to feed her addiction.”
The court heard the victim noticed her Sony PSP, worth £90, had gone missing and then, in early October her XBox 360, worth £170.
Mr Charnley said she found a note saying “mother I will get it back tomorrow. If I don’t you can call the police”.
Two Cash Convertor receipts were also found which showed the PSP had been sold for £20 and the XBox for £40.
Mr Charnley said Cash Convertors confirmed the defendant attended the store and signed a declaration stating the property was hers to sell.
Rob Pollington, mitigating, said his client was “nothing but realistic about where she was going today”.
He said: “She called the police, let them know where she was and they came to collect her.”
He said there was a lack of sophistication in the offence, adding the fraud amounted to just £60.
He added: “There is a heroin problem, a significant one, and she wants help and thinks the best course of action in getting that help is a period of being taken away from temptation for some time.”
Jailing her for a total of 14 weeks, district judge Peter Veits said: “You clearly have a serious problem and the only way you seem to address it is by stealing from people who should be respected by you. Stealing from your mother is not the answer.”