Repeated Booze Thief Told at Court to Stop Drinking Alcohol — 'Even at Christmas'
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Repeated Booze Thief Told at Court to Stop Drinking Alcohol — ‘Even at Christmas’

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A repeated booze thief in Jersey has been told in court to stop drinking alcohol — even during the upcoming holiday season — and given a nine-month binding-over order, the Jersey Evening Post (JEP) reported.

The shoplifter, a 50-year-old Sharon Louise Evans, stole wine and vodka bottles from various stores in St Helier between the months of June and October, per the report.

A senior police officer noted that Evans had also smashed a kitchen window at a property with a potted plant, reported JEP. Evans admitted the offences of malicious damage and theft.

According to JEP, Advocate Francesca Pinel, defending, said that after finding accommodation at a women-only shelter, Evans had been doing better and had not had an alcoholic drink “for some time now.”

A binding-over order was requested by Pinel, who told the court that if Evans was sent to prison, “there’s a risk that we end up in the same cycle,” per the report.

“You have breached so many restraining orders, binding-over orders, probation orders and community service orders that – unless you change your behaviour – the only option is custody,” Bridget Shaw, the Magistrate, said to Evans, per JEP.

Evans was asked to pay £214.74 ($255.10) for the unrecovered bottles of alcohol and the broken window, according to JEP.

“Don’t drink alcohol, even at Christmas, whatever anyone else is doing,” Shaw added, per the report. “You need to see yourself as a non-drinker, because if you start you are not good at stopping. I hope we don’t see you again.”

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