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Ilfracombe teenager stole sister's Blackberries and got caught with cannabis

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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AN Ilfracombe teenager who stole her sister's phone and tablet device before being caught with a bag of cannabis has walked from court with a four-month court order.

North Devon Magistrates' Court heard the 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stole her elder sister's phone on August 19 and sold it for £120 to buy alcohol to drink with her friends.

On October 25, she was stopped by police in Ilfracombe and, when asked if she had anything they should know about, took a packet of cannabis out of her pocket.

The teenager pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of possession of cannabis.

Tony Dart, for the defence, said the illegal substance had a £13 street value, adding: "She got a bargain, she said she paid £5."

The teenager, who wants to train as a hairdresser, was living with her sister when she stole the Blackberry mobile phone and Blackberry tablet.

Mr Dart said: "This wasn't done out of spite but it wasn't a bright thing to have done.

"She has promised to pay her sister back in due course."

The teenager said: "I feel really bad about it because I thought I had lost my sister.

"I thought she'd never speak to me again."

Mr Dart said: "This is a sensible lady who's done a couple of daft things."

Magistrate Robin Hagley told the defendant: "You certainly put your relationship with your sister in jeopardy, but you've shown some remorse."

The teenager was given a four-month referral order requiring her to meet regularly with a youth offending team.

Mr Hagley said: "Good luck with becoming a hairdresser and we don't want to see you again."

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