A DRUG addict from Crewe was told by a judge she would not see her 30th birthday unless she gave up heroin.
Leanne Tomkins, 26, was appealing at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Thursday against two four-month sentences imposed by magistrates for stealing from Tesco and Boots in Whitchurch. Sitting with two magistrates, Judge Robin Onions told Tomkins, of Hulme Street, Crewe, he was giving her a chance to mend her life.
He allowed the appeal and substituted a two-year community order with probation supervision and a requirement that she undertake drug rehabilitation.
Prosecuting, Mark Linkins said Tomkins was seen to leave Tesco with a trolley loaded with goods worth more than £300 and leave in her car without paying. When police stopped the car, they also found stolen perfume from Boots worth £130.
Tomkins was said to have 16 convictions for 93 offences, most of them drug-related. Defending, Hugh O'Brien Quinn said Tomkins presented a profoundly depressing picture.
He said: 'She realises her life is going nowhere and drugs threaten her life expectancy.' The judge told her: 'You are not going to see your 30th birthday if you go on like this. You deserve to go to prison for three years to give society a break from you.
'We allow this appeal for entirely pragmatic reasons because we think it is better to have you under some kind of control.'