Stole on ‘spur of the moment’

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MAGISTRATES have warned a Spalding woman she must behave herself for 12 months or face being punished for theft.

Klaudia Papaioannou (44), of Winsover Road, was handed a conditional discharge at Spalding Magistrates’ Court last Thursday after confessing to stealing items worth £18.36 from the town’s Lidl store.

Prosecutor Rebecca Ritson said the incident happened shortly before midday on December 7. She told the court Papaioannou had placed a bottle of vodka, two packets of biscuits and three packets of ham in a bag, but only paid for one carton of orange juice she was carrying in her hand.

Miss Ritson said Papaioannou was under the influence of alcohol and had described herself as “absent minded”.

Anita Toal, defending, said: “She had not gone in with the intention of stealing, it was a spur of the moment decision.”

Mrs Toal said Papaioannou had told her she did not have a drink problem.

She said Papaioannou worked for an agency cleaning and she “does her best” to send money home to Poland, where her two children still live.

Magistrates ordered Papaioannou to pay £85 costs.