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Drug addict stole from own mother

10:06 05 January 2013

Norwich Magistrates

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A heroin addict who stole two games consoles from her own mother and sold them to try to feed her habit has been jailed.

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Victoria Adcock, 23, of no fixed abode, appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court yesterday where she admitted two counts of theft in Norwich, on September 5 and October 2 last year.

She also pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation on the same dates, breaching a conditional discharge, imposed for theft in July last year, and two community orders.

Phil Charnley, prosecuting, said: “The victim of theft in each case was the defendant’s mother who allows her to stay at her home address even though she knows she has a serious drug habit and has stolen from her to feed her addiction.”

The court heard the victim noticed her Sony PSP, worth £90, had gone missing and then, in early October her XBox 360, worth £170.

Mr Charnley said she found a note saying “mother I will get it back tomorrow. If I don’t you can call the police”.

Two Cash Convertor receipts were also found which showed the PSP had been sold for £20 and the XBox for £40.

Mr Charnley said Cash Convertors confirmed the defendant attended the store and signed a declaration stating the property was hers to sell.

Rob Pollington, mitigating, said his client was “nothing but realistic about where she was going today”.

He said: “She called the police, let them know where she was and they came to collect her.”

He said there was a lack of sophistication in the offence, adding the fraud amounted to just £60.

He added: “There is a heroin problem, a significant one, and she wants help and thinks the best course of action in getting that help is a period of being taken away from temptation for some time.”

Jailing her for a total of 14 weeks, district judge Peter Veits said: “You clearly have a serious problem and the only way you seem to address it is by stealing from people who should be respected by you. Stealing from your mother is not the answer.”

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