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Grandmother to face lengthy jail term for shoplifting

A 40 year old Gloucester grandmother who admits seven offences of shoplifting whilst on bail and subject to a suspended jail term has been warned that she is facing a lengthy jail term.

Helen Edwards, of Burns Avenue, Podsmead appeared at Gloucester crown court last Thursday (11th April) but defence lawyer, Joe Maloney, asked Recorder Paul Dunkels QC to adjourn the case for probation reports.

"Nelson Trust are here," the lawyer said. "The organisation would be able to work with Mrs Edwards.

"The suggestion that this matter is put back to Wednesday of next week.

"A package might be able to commend itself to the court.

"There may be some redemption, some proposal to steer her away," Mr Maloney suggested.

The judge agreed but added: "Against a history of repeated offending whilst on bail and a suspended sentence, and her failures to attend, an immediate and lengthy custodial sentence is most likely."

He adjourned sentence until 17th April and remanded Edwards in custody.

He told her "This was a serious series of offences, whilst on a suspended sentence and on bail. Repeated offending and failing to attend court when you should have done.

"The most likely sentence is an immediate custodial sentence of some length.

"I am not tying the court's hands," the judge concluded.

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