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Ilfracombe thief angers magistrates by having feet up on dock during court appearance

By NDJSophie  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

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AN 18-year-old girl angered magistrates by putting her feet up on the dock when she appeared before them charged with four counts of theft.

Sarah Deves, of Fortescue Road, Ilfracombe, pleaded guilty to all four charges when she appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Magistrates heard how Deves was seen on CCTV by staff at a Co-operative in Holsworthy on June 30 putting five or six bottles of wine into her bag and leaving the store without paying.

On August 22, Deves was in Sainsbury’s in Barnstaple browsing the clothes section when staff noticed she was wearing a sweater under her dress, which they thought was strange as it was a particularly hot day.

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She then left the store after dropping a pair of shoes near the entrance. She was stopped by security staff and she gave them the bag she was carrying and ran off. The bag contained a number of items of clothing which had not been paid for.

Deves also asked for a further two counts of theft she was charged with in December to be taken into account when she appeared at court on Friday.

The later charges included theft of two cases of Budweiser from Martin McColl’s in Ilfracombe and rose wine from Co-op in Barnstaple.

Zara Svensson, for the defence, said Deves asked for the later matters to be considered at the same time so she could “draw a line” under it all.

She said Deves had been “in the grips of something of a problem with alcohol” and said she was finally ready to grow up.

However, when considering her sentence presiding Magistrate Robin Hagley became annoyed after seeing Deves had her feet up on the dock.

He told her to take them down and reminded her that she was in a court of law.

Before sentencing her, he asked her to convince the bench that she was serious about turning around her offending habits.

Deves said she was embarking on a lifesaving course at the Leisure Centre and was ready to turn her life around.

Miss Svensson added her attitude was maturing but said she still had a long way to go.

Deves was given a four-month curfew between the hours of 6pm and 7am and was ordered to pay £32.94 in compensation.

Mr Hagley added: “I must warn you it will be recorded what has been said today, if you come before the court again, your liberty will be at serious risk.”

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  • ArtfulDodger  |  January 14 2014, 3:35PM

    this man is the tip of a camponologists implement, I'd have lock him up

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  • Pravda  |  January 13 2014, 1:06PM

    If I was a magistrate I'd have looked at whether she could have had contempt of court added to her offences; and yes, agree with previous comment too - she should have got a stint in jail!

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  • DownUnderDave  |  January 12 2014, 11:01PM

    I'm flabbergasted that this moron was just given a curfew. After her display of discourtesy in court, do you really think she will honour the penalty clause of the curfew? The woman is a thief, several times over, and should be given a stint in jail. Little wonder the law is held in contempt by many in the UK. The police must wonder if all their efforts are worthwhile, when the courts hand down these piddly sentences. A pity Paul Weston is not in power. When he eventually is....watch out!

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