A mum who used her youngest child’s pram to stash stolen ready meals and toys has been told her shoplifting ‘needs to stop’.
The court heard Tierney, of Rothesay Drive in Eastham Rake, had her four children – who are aged eight and under – with her when she was spotted putting items in the pram and headed to the exit without making any attempt to pay for them.
She was stopped and later told police she had not made the trip to Asda with the intention to steal, and acknowledged that what she had done was foolish.
Tierney has six previous convictions for 14 offences.
Defending, Guy Dodd said his client had no criminal record prior to 2015 but since then has offended in a similar way on a regular basis, citing depression as an explanation.
“She has a history of abusive past relationships,” said Mr Dodd.
“In relation to this offence, there were financial issues just after Christmas because of benefit claim issues, which have now been resolved.
“It is a fairly low value theft and all the goods were recovered.”
Handing Tierney a three-month community order with a curfew, presiding magistrate Theresa Whittingham said to her: “This shoplifting needs to stop.”
Tierney was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.