Rhos woman pushed make-up at store manager

Published date: 28 March 2014 |
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A WOMAN has been fined after she admitted causing criminal damage at a town centre shop.

Samantha Joanne Jones, 25, of Rhos, pleaded guilty to damaging a display stand containing make-up sets at the Claire’s Accessories store on Hope Street, Wrexham.

Wrexham Magistrates Court heard how a dispute over Jones being barred from the shop led to her pushing the stand towards the store’s manager.

Prosecuting, Matthew Ellis, said: “On February 10 the defendant entered the shop where the manager was working alone at the time.

“Earlier in the summer there had been an issue over the defendant’s child having an ear pierced, there was a confrontation and she was barred from the shop.

“The manager recognised the defendant as being barred and told her she wouldn’t be served.

“The defendant picked up a pair of children’s gloves and threw them over the counter at the manager before pushing the make-up stand towards her.”

Mr Ellis added: “There was damage done to the stand and the products on it and the defendant later admitted to police she had been reckless, but had wanted the gloves.”

Justine McVitie, defending, said: “Mrs Jones took her son to the shop last year to have his ear pierced, but the piercing came out.

“His grandmother took him back to get it seen to and was told only the mother could return to complain, but when she did, she was told nothing could be done.

“She did not realise she was barred and she returned months later as it was the only shop which sold the gloves she wanted.

“It was only then that she was barred.

“She accepts causing the damage but says she was prevented from making a legitimate purchase.”

Magistrates ordered Jones to pay £78.50 in compensation, a fine of £75, costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.

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