A mum-of-3 who has battled with drug addiction for years claimed she couldn’t remember anything about the incident when she appeared in court accused of theft from a shop.
38-year-old Rachel Hewitt, of Angelica Grove in Newport, appeared before Magistrates on Tuesday (23rd November) charged with stealing £227.95 of goods from B&M.
The incident took place in Newport on 15th October this year.
Hewitt pleaded guilty to the offence but her solicitor, Barry Arnett, explained that she could not remember anything of the crime. He also told the court that Hewitt has been trying to better herself and has managed to stay out of trouble for 9 years. He also said that his client is now on a methadone prescription having been battling with heroin addiction, which has caused deep vein thrombosis in her leg.
Magistrates ordered Rachel Hewitt to pay a £120 fine, £227.95 compensation, £85 costs and a £34 surcharge – plus a stern reminder to pay £199 already owed on account. A collection order was made with the total amount to be paid back at £20 a month.
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