‘Intoxicated’ shoplifter wanted prison term

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A thirty-year-old Skegness woman, who assaulted the manager of a shop when she was caught shoplifting, got her wish and was sent to prison by town magistrates.

Kelly Patricia McGorran, of Harvest Way, admitted stealing four cans of lager from Costcutters in Skegness and to assaulting the manager on October 23.

She also admitted being in breach of a community order imposed in June for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

McGorran, who appeared in custody via video link having been arrested for failing to attend court for her original hearing on December 30, was said to have gone into the store while under the influence of alcohol and stole the lager. Then, when she was stopped by the store manager, she was said to have punched him, knocking off his glasses and causing a cut on his eye, and kicked him on the shin.

Barbara Newman, for the Probation Service, said McGorran had had a community order imposed in June for two offences of assault and one of causing actual bodily harm when she had gone into the Skegness branch of Bridge McFarland solicitors with two of her children in April and assaulted a member of staff.

She said that her addiction to alcohol had had a very negative effect on her.

In mitigation, Saleem Khan said that McGorran did not recollect much of what had happened as she had been in an ‘intoxicated state’.

“She wants a custodial sentence,” he said.

Last Tuesday, McGorran was sentenced to a total of 16 weeks’ custody and was ordered to pay £80 in compensation.