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Blackburn cancer patient 'stole to live'
3:01pm Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in News
A 67-year-old cancer patient has been jailed for shoplifting.
Blackburn magistrates heard Batool Bibi was a ‘prolific’ offender who had received every kind of sentence but was still offending.
Prosecuting, Catherine Allan said: “She comes before you saying she is contrite but she is clearly unwilling or unable to control her shoplifting urges. This is her fifth conviction for shoplifting this year and only in August she was made subject to a suspended prison sentence.”
Bibi, of Kilkerran Close, Chorley, pleaded guilty to stealing a vacuum cleaner, an umbrella, a pillow and food from Morrisons. She was jailed for three weeks for the offence and a further four weeks for breaching the suspended sentence.
Damian Pickup, defending, said that as well as having cancer his client had two sons who were in hospital, one in Pakistan and one in Wales – and she was ‘stealing to live’.