Mum stole a bottle of cough medicine for her sick son

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By Bedminster People | Monday, January 10, 2011, 07:00

A MOTHER who stole a bottle of the children’s medicine Calpol, to give to her son who had a cough, appeared before city magistrates.

Deborah Chard, 29, of Andover Road, Knowle, admitted shoplifting a bottle of Calpol and a bottle of shampoo, between them worth just £7.37.

Jeremy Oliver, prosecuting at Bristol Magistrates’ Court yesterday, explained that Chard was caught shoplifting by a security guard watching CCTV cameras at Asda in East Street, Bedminster.

“She paid for some items but was seen placing a bottle of Calpol and a bottle of shampoo into her handbag and walking out of the store,” he said.

When police interviewed her, Chard said she was going to give the Calpol to her son because he was suffering with a cough.

The court heard Chard received a caution for shoplifting in May.

Chard, who represented herself, said: “I don’t know why it happened.

“I did have money to pay for it.”

Chard was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs.


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