Teen caught shoplifting with her mum promises court she will not fall into a life of crime

An 18-year-old who was caught shoplifting with her mother has vowed to magistrates that she will not succumb to a life of crime.

Mollie Turner, of Fenside Road, Boston, stole items from B&M Bargains with her mother Stephanie Baggaley at the store on September 15, Boston Magistrates’ Court was told.

The offence brought her before the bench for the first time. and her solicitor Mark Hudson said she did not want to be there again.

Magistrates heard that Turner went into the store and put two packs of Cool Shots into her bag. Baggaley, 41, of Fenside Road, then took two bottle of whiskey and six bottles of Lynx body spray.

On Wednesday, Mr Hudson told the court Miss Turner had not come to the attention of the police until shortly before her 18th birthday, when she began shoplifting with her mother.

He said: “I won’t say she felt obliged to assist her mother but perhaps in some respect she felt she had no choice.

“It’s clear that she did not want to become involved in this type of behaviour but found herself, because of circumstance, becoming involved in this sort of thing.”

Since the offence she has not been shopping with her mother.

Mr Hudson said: “She was disgusted with her own actions.”

Turner pleaded guilty to theft when she stood in court.

Magistrates gave her a nine-month conditional discharge and told her to pay £8.98 compensation and £85 court costs.

Stephanie Baggaley also admitted theft, along with two counts of common assault on January 1, two thefts on September 15 and 21, criminal damage on September 21 and the breach of three conditional discharges. Magistrates requested a probation report.