Friends left ‘utterly ashamed’ after thieving spree in ASDA

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A court has heard how two Sutton friends who went on a thieving spree in ASDA were left ‘utterly ashamed’ by their actions.

Joanna Georgiou (38) of Paling Crescent, and Melissa Owens (23)of Albion Road were caught after entering the supermarket on Priestsic Road on consecutive days in December to steal numerous items.

Between them they took a chopping board, pyjamas, a blouse, shoes, an iron and a gift set among other items.

They were identified when staff combed through CCTV.

Georgiou was recognised after she had entered the shop again to return an item that had been bought for her as a present.

Both women admitted two count of theft at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told that Owens had suffered from depression and that shopping helped lift her mood.

However, without the money she chose to steal, but felt so guilty she considered burning the items she had taken.

Defending both, Deborah Bell said: “There are no problems with finances, drugs and alcohol or anything of that nature, it’s simply a situation they don’t how they got into but both are utterly ashamed of themselves. It’s been very difficult for both of them.”

She said that Georgiou was on benefits and has four children to bring up, while Owens had been a care assistant but because she had been wearing her uniform during the thefts, she had been sacked.

Both were given 12-month conditional discharges and pay £85 costs and £15 surcharge. Georgiou also had to pay £50 compensation to ASDA.