Rothesay resident receives deferred sentence for shoplifting

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A ROTHESAY resident who admitted to stealing a quantity of make-up from Lloyds Pharmacy in Victoria Street had her sentence deferred for three months good behaviour.

Joanne Taylor (33) address given as 24 Church Lane, Rothesay, had entered the premises on December 4 and instantly came to the attention of a staff member. After spending time looking at various items on display, Taylor left and the staff member immediately reviewed CCTV footage, which revealed the accused had lifted a make-up item from a stand, costing £6.99, and had placed it in her pocket.

Mr Robert Dundas, Taylor’s agent, told the court that the accused has been offered help on numerous occasions from a number of agencies to tackle her problems, ‘but consistently fails to engage with those who offer support’.

Sheriff Anderson stated there was no point in placing Taylor under an order, as ‘she’ll just not bother adhering to it’, and instead deferred sentencing for three months good behaviour.

Speaking directly to Taylor, Sheriff Anderson stated: “You just don’t seem to appreciate the money, effort, time and expertise involved in offering you help and support. I’m not prepared to have professional people expending their time when you’re not prepared to do your part.”