Shoplifting mom may escape jail sentence

2012-10-05 09:03

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Pretoria - A Pretoria woman who wheeled a shopping trolley full of groceries out of Pick n Pay and was arrested for shoplifting may escape going to jail.

A judge said it was not clear who would take care of the woman’s 10-year-old son if she was jailed and a lesser sentence may be appropriate, reported The Pretoria News.

Jeanette Pretorius, who was arrested for shoplifting, claimed not to have realised that she hadn’t paid for the groceries valued at R 1831.

She asked a teller to go to the cigarette counter to buy cigarettes and said she’d return to pay.

She then left the counter though, without buying any cigarettes.

The woman said she was on sick leave and not feeling well that day.

Her husband was supposed to pay for the groceries but he had left the shop and gone to the mall and she had left to find him so he could pay for the groceries.

According to court documents, Pretorius was stopped 15m from the store after “walking fast”.

Her husband testified saying he had left the store with their son but was going to return to pay.

He said he had been surprised to find out his wife had been arrested.  

She was sentenced to 90 days imprisonment of which 60 days were suspended, meaning she would have to go to prison for 30 days. The case was referred back to court for a review in sentence.

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