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Conditional discharge for young mum

haverfordwest-magistratesA NEW mum was given a twelve month conditional discharge at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Wesnesday (Dec 17) after she pleaded guilty to stealing a Super Dry top from retailer Trendz. Amy McGee, aged 22, of Brodawel, Solva, went in to the store on April 16 and stole the top worth £19.99. The court heard how she was already the subject to a suspended sentence, but this offence occurred before that was issued. The Magistrates felt they needed to hear from a probation officer about the matter, who told the bench that her work with the service has been extremely positive.

McGee had pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing on September 9 but changed her plea in court. Defending, Mark Layton said: “Up until the imposition of the suspended sentence she had been coming to court far too frequently. “Things have now changed, she has now become a mother and she has taken to parenting very well. This has given her the opportunity to be at home and not get into trouble. “She is looking forward to the future; this is a new start for her now she has changed her ways”.

Prosecuting the case, Vaughan Pritchard-Jones said: “She went into the Trendz store with a friend. They have had a discussion with the shopkeeper about prices of various items. “Mrs McGee had put an item into her bag and left without paying. The item was recovered”. The Magistrates were very encouraged by what they had heard and along with the conditional discharge she was ordered to pay £200 in court costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Another young woman, from Crundale, who was charged with the same offence did not show up in court. The case was adjourned in the interests of justice but a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Angharad Davies, aged 24, of Dingle Close, did not attend Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Dec 17). The police will now arrest Davies and bring her before the court unless she surrenders to custody beforehand.