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Judge defers sentencing of Windermere shoplifter who breached court orders

[A] WOMAN who flouted two suspended jail terms by repeatedly shoplifting has appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

Carolyn Helen Ruth Brosnan, 44, was spared immediate custody by a judge at Preston in 2015 having attempted to smuggle drugs into Haverigg Prison. A 24-month jail term was suspended for two years.

Brosnan, of Havelock Road, Windermere, was brought before Carlisle Crown Court last September, for shoplifting, and received a second, concurrent suspended prison term.

But five further thefts, from the Booths supermarket in her home town, landed her in further trouble.

Brosnan was due to have been punished for her latest crimes at Carlisle Crown Court today (WED). But after hearing she had been offered professional help to kick her drug habit, Judge Peter Davies opted to defer his sentence.

Brosnan was bailed, will attend a detoxification course and must return to the court on July 28 when her progress will be assessed.

“There are no further chances. It is up to you now,” said Judge Davies. “If everything is to my satisfaction you won’t go to custody.”

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