Judge brands Cleethorpes woman 'a nasty little thief' after she stole handbag
A WOMAN was branded a "nasty, pernicious little thief" after she craftily stole a handbag from someone she knew.
Donah Hammond, 32, of Bursar Street, Cleethorpes, admitted stealing a handbag and its contents, belonging to Lisa Bouch, on September 15 and breaching a six-month suspended prison sentence imposed on October 14.
Stephen Robinson, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Hammond and Ms Bouch knew each other and spoke while they were in a Cleethorpes clothes shop.
Ms Bouch put her handbag, containing keys, a mobile phone, a purse, £60 cash, lipstick and bank cards, on the floor but later discovered it had disappeared. Hammond handed in the phone to a nearby shop. After inquiries were made and conversations were had with Hammond, the handbag was returned – but without the £60 cash, the lipstick and cigarettes.
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Hammond later handed Ms Bouch £60 but not the lipstick. Hammond denied that she was later seen wearing the lipstick herself. After another conversation, Hammond handed over the lipstick.
During the court hearing, Judge Graham Robinson noticed that Hammond was carrying a large yellow handbag with her in the dock – and told her: "Nice designer handbag you've got there."
Craig Lowe, mitigatin g, said it was an opportunist theft and Hammond "couldn't help herself".
She made efforts to return most of the stolen property and claimed that she was "gutted" that she had stolen the handbag from someone she knew. She had been working full-time for nine months.
Judge Robinson told the court: "She's no respect for other people's belongings."
He told Hammond: "You have got a long history of dishonesty behind you. You are a nasty, pernicious little thief who can't keep your hands off other people's property. You are a persistent thief."
Her convictions included 17 thefts and four frauds.
Hammond was given a four-month 7pm to 3am Monday to Friday curfew, a six-month supervision order and was ordered to pay £340 costs.
As she left the dock, Judge Robinson told her: "Don't forget your yellow handbag."