Woman caught shoplifting in Abergavenny avoids jail

First published in Gwent news by

A FREQUENT shoplifter who denied being able to speak English when she was caught stealing groceries in Abergavenny has avoided jail.

Jean Fraser, 61, of Hatherleigh Close, Abergavenny, pleaded guilty to taking goods worth £15.59 at Aldi in Abergavenny on July 21, and failing to surrender to bail on August 6, when she appeared before Newport Magistrates Court yesterday (Monday).

Ruth Hale, prosecuting, told District Judge Martin Brown that Fraser was captured on the store's CCTV and a shop assistant recognised her.

The footage showed her picking up food and putting it in a floral bag before leaving the store.

When she was detained by security staff and asked if she had a receipt she said: "I don't speak in English."

The goods were recovered.

District Judge Brown described Fraser as a "frequent shoplifter".

Nathan Fear, mitigating, said Fraser failed to appear at court earlier in the month when someone let her down over a lift, and said she had a "significant" issue with alcohol misuse.

Fraser was sentenced to 12 weeks' imprisonment for theft and eight weeks consecutively for the bail offence, totalling 20 weeks, suspended for 12 months.

She must pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

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8:24am Tue 12 Aug 14

Independentvoter says...

Why is she stealing food when there are so many food banks ????
Why is she stealing food when there are so many food banks ???? Independentvoter
  • Score: -1

9:21am Tue 12 Aug 14

foxy3rd says...

It is totally wrong when they are even given extra money to fund their drinking , there are so many people with disabilities who now get no help , the whole alcoholic handling / treatment system needs looking at and changing , but for the better.
It is totally wrong when they are even given extra money to fund their drinking , there are so many people with disabilities who now get no help , the whole alcoholic handling / treatment system needs looking at and changing , but for the better. foxy3rd
  • Score: 19

10:40am Tue 12 Aug 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

And a "frequent shoplifter" avoids jail.
Punishment fitting the crime again I see, acts as a great deterrent for others.
And a "frequent shoplifter" avoids jail. Punishment fitting the crime again I see, acts as a great deterrent for others. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 18

12:31pm Tue 12 Aug 14

-trigg- says...

It sounds as though this woman shoplifts regularly to help fund her alcohol addiction. As such, it is unlikely that a suspended sentence will act as a deterrent and I fully expect her to be back before the court almost immediately.

Perhaps then she will be locked up and given the support she needs to break her addiction and the destructive cycle it has led her on.
It sounds as though this woman shoplifts regularly to help fund her alcohol addiction. As such, it is unlikely that a suspended sentence will act as a deterrent and I fully expect her to be back before the court almost immediately. Perhaps then she will be locked up and given the support she needs to break her addiction and the destructive cycle it has led her on. -trigg-
  • Score: 9

12:42pm Tue 12 Aug 14

warneboy says...

Independentvoter wrote:
Why is she stealing food when there are so many food banks ????
Drunks on disability claiming they unable to walk are seen skipping their way back home from the social clubs every day. Any benefit fraud officers reading this?
[quote][p][bold]Independentvoter[/bold] wrote: Why is she stealing food when there are so many food banks ????[/p][/quote]Drunks on disability claiming they unable to walk are seen skipping their way back home from the social clubs every day. Any benefit fraud officers reading this? warneboy
  • Score: 10

12:50pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

I was expecting by now the standard chav post "u don no anythin about her (except that she's a persistent shoplifter)"
Isn't someone going to do it?
I was expecting by now the standard chav post "u don no anythin about her (except that she's a persistent shoplifter)" Isn't someone going to do it? Dai Rear
  • Score: 2

1:40pm Tue 12 Aug 14

twangstring says...

Dai Rear wrote:
I was expecting by now the standard chav post "u don no anythin about her (except that she's a persistent shoplifter)"
Isn't someone going to do it?
Given yourself away there Dai, your grammar's to good. It should be U Don no nuffin (lol)
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: I was expecting by now the standard chav post "u don no anythin about her (except that she's a persistent shoplifter)" Isn't someone going to do it?[/p][/quote]Given yourself away there Dai, your grammar's to good. It should be U Don no nuffin (lol) twangstring
  • Score: 1

1:45pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"A FREQUENT shoplifter who denied being able to speak English when she was caught stealing groceries in Abergavenny has avoided jail. "

Why did she seem to assume speaking English was a crime, but not shoplifting?
"A FREQUENT shoplifter who denied being able to speak English when she was caught stealing groceries in Abergavenny has avoided jail. " Why did she seem to assume speaking English was a crime, but not shoplifting? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 5

1:46pm Tue 12 Aug 14

twangstring says...

twangstring wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
I was expecting by now the standard chav post "u don no anythin about her (except that she's a persistent shoplifter)"
Isn't someone going to do it?
Given yourself away there Dai, your grammar's to good. It should be U Don no nuffin (lol)
I mean't "too good", not "to good". Haha, happens every time!
[quote][p][bold]twangstring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: I was expecting by now the standard chav post "u don no anythin about her (except that she's a persistent shoplifter)" Isn't someone going to do it?[/p][/quote]Given yourself away there Dai, your grammar's to good. It should be U Don no nuffin (lol)[/p][/quote]I mean't "too good", not "to good". Haha, happens every time! twangstring
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Dai Rear wrote:
I was expecting by now the standard chav post "u don no anythin about her (except that she's a persistent shoplifter)"
Isn't someone going to do it?
Except that the person supporting the thieving crim is usually their 'mam' and if this 61 year old still has a 'mam' I doubt she's sufficiently computer literate.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: I was expecting by now the standard chav post "u don no anythin about her (except that she's a persistent shoplifter)" Isn't someone going to do it?[/p][/quote]Except that the person supporting the thieving crim is usually their 'mam' and if this 61 year old still has a 'mam' I doubt she's sufficiently computer literate. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 3

1:54pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

twangstring wrote:
twangstring wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
I was expecting by now the standard chav post "u don no anythin about her (except that she's a persistent shoplifter)"
Isn't someone going to do it?
Given yourself away there Dai, your grammar's to good. It should be U Don no nuffin (lol)
I mean't "too good", not "to good". Haha, happens every time!
I was just going to pick you up on that.
[quote][p][bold]twangstring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twangstring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: I was expecting by now the standard chav post "u don no anythin about her (except that she's a persistent shoplifter)" Isn't someone going to do it?[/p][/quote]Given yourself away there Dai, your grammar's to good. It should be U Don no nuffin (lol)[/p][/quote]I mean't "too good", not "to good". Haha, happens every time![/p][/quote]I was just going to pick you up on that. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 2

3:24pm Tue 12 Aug 14

-trigg- says...

You need to give the chav supporters a bit of time to post. After all, they're probably in the pub celebrating her getting let off with a suspended sentence
You need to give the chav supporters a bit of time to post. After all, they're probably in the pub celebrating her getting let off with a suspended sentence -trigg-
  • Score: 4

4:25pm Tue 12 Aug 14

davidcp says...

Re drink - always used to amuse me that people would be fined £50 for being drunk and disorderly, then their lawyers would apply for them to pay £5 a fortnight 'cos they were skint, despite being able to spend £20 a weekend on booze.

The drunks I mean, not the lawyers. Okay, some.
Re drink - always used to amuse me that people would be fined £50 for being drunk and disorderly, then their lawyers would apply for them to pay £5 a fortnight 'cos they were skint, despite being able to spend £20 a weekend on booze. The drunks I mean, not the lawyers. Okay, some. davidcp
  • Score: 3

4:45pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Woodgnome says...

Put her in the stocks and lob the veg she pinched at her.
Put her in the stocks and lob the veg she pinched at her. Woodgnome
  • Score: 6

9:22pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Independentvoter says...

warneboy wrote:
Independentvoter wrote:
Why is she stealing food when there are so many food banks ????
Drunks on disability claiming they unable to walk are seen skipping their way back home from the social clubs every day. Any benefit fraud officers reading this?
Where does it say she was unable to walk and on benefits in the story ???
[quote][p][bold]warneboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Independentvoter[/bold] wrote: Why is she stealing food when there are so many food banks ????[/p][/quote]Drunks on disability claiming they unable to walk are seen skipping their way back home from the social clubs every day. Any benefit fraud officers reading this?[/p][/quote]Where does it say she was unable to walk and on benefits in the story ??? Independentvoter
  • Score: 0

9:23am Wed 13 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

Independentvoter wrote:
warneboy wrote:
Independentvoter wrote:
Why is she stealing food when there are so many food banks ????
Drunks on disability claiming they unable to walk are seen skipping their way back home from the social clubs every day. Any benefit fraud officers reading this?
Where does it say she was unable to walk and on benefits in the story ???
It doesn't , but the basic premise is around £70 a week for JSA but if you can trash your liver with booze you get around £100. Pretty weird, but then most means tested benefits are, I guess.
[quote][p][bold]Independentvoter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]warneboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Independentvoter[/bold] wrote: Why is she stealing food when there are so many food banks ????[/p][/quote]Drunks on disability claiming they unable to walk are seen skipping their way back home from the social clubs every day. Any benefit fraud officers reading this?[/p][/quote]Where does it say she was unable to walk and on benefits in the story ???[/p][/quote]It doesn't , but the basic premise is around £70 a week for JSA but if you can trash your liver with booze you get around £100. Pretty weird, but then most means tested benefits are, I guess. Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

9:24am Wed 13 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Independentvoter wrote:
warneboy wrote:
Independentvoter wrote:
Why is she stealing food when there are so many food banks ????
Drunks on disability claiming they unable to walk are seen skipping their way back home from the social clubs every day. Any benefit fraud officers reading this?
Where does it say she was unable to walk and on benefits in the story ???
It doesn't , but the basic premise is around £70 a week for JSA but if you can trash your liver with booze you get around £100. Pretty weird, but then most means tested benefits are, I guess.
£100 on ESA, I should have said.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Independentvoter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]warneboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Independentvoter[/bold] wrote: Why is she stealing food when there are so many food banks ????[/p][/quote]Drunks on disability claiming they unable to walk are seen skipping their way back home from the social clubs every day. Any benefit fraud officers reading this?[/p][/quote]Where does it say she was unable to walk and on benefits in the story ???[/p][/quote]It doesn't , but the basic premise is around £70 a week for JSA but if you can trash your liver with booze you get around £100. Pretty weird, but then most means tested benefits are, I guess.[/p][/quote]£100 on ESA, I should have said. Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

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