Woman couldn’t remember stealing chicken

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard the Bideford woman stole because she didn’t want to keep asking people for help.

A WOMAN who could not remember stealing two chickens from Bideford Co Op said she ‘didn’t do it on purpose’.

Kathleen Towns, 26, of 8 Westcroft Court, Bideford, pleaded guilty to taking the two chickens, valued at a total of £15 on November 17, last year.

North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday that Towns, a heroin addict, selected the meat and put it into her bag while another person engaged the store manager in conversation.

Prosecutor Karen Ball said Towns was caught on CCTV and admitted the theft in interview, remarking ‘it’s so blatant’ when shown the footage.

She said she didn’t remember taking the chickens or selling them, but it was what she would have done.

Towns, who was unrepresented in court, said the theft wasn’t planned and it ‘just happened’ because she had no money.

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She said: “I didn’t want to keep asking people for help; I know it was stupid but I don’t know, desperate times. I didn’t do it on purpose.”

Towns also admitted she had committed the offence while subject to a 12 month conditional discharge she received after stealing a charity box last April.

She was given a two month curfew, to reside at 8 Westcroft Court between 8pm and 8am, and ordered to pay compensation to Co Op of £15 and a £60 victim surcharge.

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