Shoplifter gets help with drug habit

COURT TODAY BLOCKA middle-aged woman with a long record of shoplifting will have to undergo drug rehabilitation.

Erlinda Aleasha Maughn got her wish when she reappeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrate Court earlier today.

When she went before him earlier this month, Maughn pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one of having apparatus. She also confessed to having a drug habit for which she had never been offered help.

The 55-year-old resident of Lot 30 Neil’s Tenantry, Tichbourne, St Michael was then sent to the psychiatric hospital for assessment as to her suitability to enrol in a three-month drug rehabilitation programme at Marina House.

She will return to court on July 29.

Maughn entered Chetonya’s Boutique on March 1 and stole two jumpers worth $265, while on April 2, she made off with four pairs of pants from Roots Jewellery & A. Ds Fashion.

On that same date police also found her with a bottle with a burnt end. She later admitted using it for her cocaine habit.

On checking Maughn’s priors, the magistrate had commented last time that she seemed to “have stolen from every store in Bridgetown”, but had never been treated for her drug addiction.

“It is never too late to be rehabilitated,” he said.    

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