A 53-YEAR-OLD woman who stole alcohol from a shop in Looe twice in two days has been given a suspended prison sentence with an alcohol treatment requirement.
Amanda Daly, of Bosun's Locker, Millendreath, appeared before Bodmin magistrates for sentencing on Monday when she was handed an eight-week prison term, suspended for 12 months.
Daly had admitted that the offences on January 20 and 21 were committed in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed in November, also for theft.
After considering a pre- sentence report, the magistrates fined her £50 for the breach and told her they were not activating that sentence as they felt the alcohol programme was a more suitable way of dealing with her.
Terry Eastwood, for the prosecution, said Daly left the Co-op in East Looe on January 20 without having paid for two bottles of wine and the next day went back to the same shop where she stole another bottle of wine and some biscuits.
She had been seen to enter some flats on the seafront and police found some of the stolen items there.
Daly told police she couldn't remember stealing as she had drunk three litres of cider and a bottle of wine and was alcohol-dependent.
The court heard that Daly had complied well with previous probation supervision and was motivated to address her difficulties.
Barry Hilliard, for the defence, said that Daly had experienced "a number of false dawns" since moving to Cornwall and had faced health problems. She hadn't committed any further offences since the thefts.
Daly was ordered to pay £20.62 in compensation to the Co-op, £85 in prosecution costs and an £80 victim surcharge.