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A habitual criminal woman sent to custodial prison term after more than 100 convictions (18 October 2012)

Date: 18/10/2012
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, A habitual criminal woman sent to custodial prison term after more than 100 convictions

A career criminal woman mother of one has been finally put behind bars after a notoriously soft judge who had repeatedly given the woman a final chance was forced to put her in jail after she committed here 106th offence.
After having more than 33 convictions against her for more than 100 theft related and dishonesty crimes Sundee Spaulding, 25, had avoided jail all the time.
But she was finally given a 12-month prison term yesterday after Judge Carol Hagen, who had previously given her numerous 'final chances', said Spaulding had given her no other choice.
She told Spaulding that it was the end of the line for the time being but she hoped her future would be with hope.
She told Spaulding that after release she would be clean of drugs and that she could make a fresh start by being proactive.
The notorious soft-justice judge gave drug-addicted Spaulding a 'final chance' in May and handed her a strict community order, despite the fact she had broken her supposed 'last chance' given after another conviction.
But Bristol Crown Court was told that she had failed to attend her rehabilitation appointments after only two months when she became homeless and began taking drugs again.
Spaulding entered a Lloyds Pharmacy, in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, and stole cosmetic creams worth £420.
She was later identified by CCTV and appeared before Bristol Magistrates' Court in October where she admitted the thefts.
Robert Reid, prosecuting, said the defendant was 25-years-old and has had a history of 104 offences, excluding those that come before you today.
She made full admissions to the thefts but said she did not enter the shop to shop-lift but saw an opportunity and took the creams. A warrant was issued after which Spaulding handed herself in.
Criminal solicitor, defending the prolific thief, said Spaulding had begun to use drugs again after she was evicted from her flat in July.
He added however that the creams had not been stolen to feed her drug habit but instead she had intended to sell them to pay for rent. He said she had looked pretty appalling in front of these courts on some occasions.
Speaking directly from the dock Spaulding apologised to Judge Hagen and agreed that custody was the best option.
Judge Hagen handed her a 12-month prison term, six months for the theft and a further six months for breaking her previous community order.

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