Shoplifting mom may escape jail sentence

2012-10-05 09:03

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.

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-10-05 09:24


      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-05 14:10

      Firstseed - Have to agree with you without a doubt !

      marc.klynhans - 2012-10-05 15:06

      Probably not as intentional as Zooma steeling R203M...

  • bouncing.betty.33 - 2012-10-05 09:27

    R1800 in a trolley, yussis got some caviar in there as well! Run girl run you lying thief!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-05 09:32

      R1800 is just half a trolley with ordinary groceries.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-05 14:11

      Shelley even if it is the bare necessities, it's still theft!

  • mahlorislash - 2012-10-05 09:34

    Seems people dont steal petty stuff anymore

  • pieter0827006294 - 2012-10-05 09:39

    Its called "Affirmative shopping"!

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-05 09:45

      No. Affirmative sentencing.

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-10-05 09:47

      I work in retail and the fact is, 90% of shoplifting cases gets thrown out of courts. Trust me, I know what Im talking about!

  • riaan.perold - 2012-10-05 09:41

    "A judge said it was not clear who would take care of the woman’s 10-year-old son if she was jailed " what about the husband???

  • azande.futhi - 2012-10-05 09:44

    That was clearly intentional. The sentence is fair though in my view.

  • natascha.morton.7 - 2012-10-05 09:49

    seriously to go to jail for this is petty. rather make her work back the amount as a packer or cleaner at pnp

  • inalize.venter - 2012-10-05 10:00

    Oh come on! Who hasn't absent-mindedly left a store, only to return with a red face to pay for the item in your hand? For goodness sake, give the woman the benefit of the doubt.

      koko.sandy.75 - 2012-10-05 10:55

      hahaha absent minded, item in ur hand perhaps not a full trolley. I am glad mother nature exposed how they survive/ eat the product halfbox then go complain to get the other full box or moneyback, they are experts. she is a thieeeeeef. pick 'n pay know them very well its their habit< i am not surprise

      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-10-05 11:35

      absent-mindedly with a packet of tissues under your arm yes! A trolley with R1800 worth of goods after asking to go through to buy something at the cigarette counter, joining that queue, not buying anything and then walking out.... sorry, looks like a well thought out plan which failed dismally - she deserves the punishment meted out

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-05 14:12

      A whole trolley full not packed in plastic bags ? Hm .... I think not ! Plain theft !

  • osama.pascal - 2012-10-05 10:03

    The message is already out there that even if you steal R250 000.00 cash, you do not deserve to serve time in prison as long as there was no violence. So back-off and let that woman go home to take care of her child. Judges and magistrates like playing double standard. They treat shoplifting as though it is murder or armed robbery.

  • lownabester - 2012-10-05 10:11

    Can I rent a child somewhere, I need to stock up for the weekend.

  • kamal.vanmari - 2012-10-05 10:12

    This article was in IOL on Wedensday already... NEws 24 a bit delayed.

  • Tshepo Modipa - 2012-10-05 10:13

    come on ppl, this should not be a racial matter, ppl of all races get engaged in such crime, yes she is white but that shouldnt open a debate on races that would make us racists

  • semakaleng.thulare - 2012-10-05 10:14

    But if she was caught and the groceries were returned or payed for eventually why not just slap her with a criminal-record instead of jail time?

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-05 11:56

      The problem is she simply show up the following day filled up two trolleys and walked away, shes been doing for a very long time, its only her skin that saved her for this long, until one fed up security guard finally pulled the plug on the missus. Big up on him, no more pilfering @ that pick n pay.

  • claire.wrightkunene - 2012-10-05 10:16

    Its very disappointing to see South Africans swearing, discriminating each other like this while they call themselves "Rainbow Nation", tell you what the vision Mandela had for South Africa will never come true because there are still "racist and discriminating Black & Whites individuals. People I don't see a need to drag race and swearing each other here. Shame op jou grootword en trots weep op Suid-Afrikaners!!!

  • charlietlo - 2012-10-05 10:18

    there always those douchebags who are gonna bring race in to the whiole thing or talk about something irrelevent, ITS JUST A WOMAN WHO HAPPENED TO "WALK OUT"(yeah jury is still out on that one) WITH A TROLLEY WITHOUT PAYING

      Andrea - 2012-10-05 10:56

      ShelleyV, Kagiso is both blind, stupid AND ignorant, and we all know that ignorance is bliss.

      sagin.verity - 2012-10-05 11:13

      Kagiso is just a raving racist Typically blaming the whites for everything, even black peoples thieving tendancies.

      collins.ntelele - 2012-10-05 11:34

      Do not justify the unjustifiable.Theft is theft, no matter who committed it but honestly speaking,I was made to believe that blacks are the only ones who steal.How wrong I was.(No intentions of offending anyone/race)fact is a fact.

  • MC - 2012-10-05 10:20

    Times are so hard and I think it is sad that families have to resort to these steps to feed their families. For those who can swipe their credit card without wondering if it is going to make the payment or do not need to check their balances regularly could never know this woman's dalema. Many people are suffering and instead of judging her let us pray that this economic situation in South Africa improves soon. She must have been very desperate to do something like that. I agree that her husband is spineless for letting her do something like this though. If they paid immediately and she honestly did forget Pick n Pay would not have laid a charge I am almost sure.

  • jowza1 - 2012-10-05 11:02

    stupid woman.its called pick and pay,not pick and walk

  • ross.urquhart1 - 2012-10-05 11:05

    She should have killed the guard , or hi-jacked another trolley ..... then she might have got a lighter sentence ..!!! lol

  • collins.ntelele - 2012-10-05 11:45

    The day Pick 'n Pay turned into Pick n Walk.

  • - 2012-10-05 12:28

    Some here are saying that R1800 doesn't buy much these days. Granted! However, they forget that it is the same amount that a driller was taking home at Marikana (before the war of liberation). How unashamedly flip-flopping!

  • liz.rudy.3 - 2012-10-05 12:29

    Stealing is stealing, however, the punishment should fit the crime. I dont think it is right for anyone, of any race, to be locked up for petty shoplifting. Instead, make them work at the place they stole from, or community service. Jail time should only apply when it is a repeat offender. People are supposed to go to jail to be rehabilitated. However, in this country, you will more than likely come out worse. No special treatment should be given to anyone, however, I feel that more community service sentences should be meeted out to people like this., At the end of the day, should she go to jail, it will be our tax money paying for it anyway, at least with community service, it costs the tax payer nothing and does good at the same time.

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-10-05 13:19

    hahahaha...i love my country!!!word

  • sesom - 2012-10-05 14:45

    ag money...Staving... needs food..

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-05 15:16


  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-05 16:01

    sheeeesh, who's idea was it his or hers. Their poor kid has to take the brunt of his mother stealing by being teased you know how cruel kids and their mothers are.

      Jaap - 2012-10-05 17:41

      Mapepaki, I agree, kids can be cruel - almost as cruel as some of these comments filed by various people. But then it is the old story - kick whilst the person is down and "Stuff you johnny, I'm alraait"

      Pam Solomon - 2012-10-07 14:49

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  • phiwo.gasa - 2012-10-05 17:16

    In the words of prof carstens: IS THIS THE WAY YOU SHOP? Lol!!!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-05 22:13

    should I be judgemental ? No!

  • smandlesilo - 2012-10-07 16:59

    And she happend to be while, a black woman would be rotting in jail as we speak

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