A DRUG addict stole money destined for charity, a court heard.
Huddersfield magistrates heard Lisa Maguire, of no fixed address, stole the cash from charity-supporter Anne Durrand’s home.
She was ordered to take part in a drug rehabilitation programme after a court was told how she stole to support her heroin habit.
Linda Fowler, prosecuting, said that Maguire had visited Ms Durrand at her Hillhouse home on October 26.
She was invited in after knocking on the door to ask her for a cigarette.
Ms Fowler said: “There was another knock at the door and it was a male asking for Lisa.
“She came from the living room and left with the male.
“When she went back into the living room she saw that her purse, that had been in a shopping bag, was now missing.
“Also taken was an envelope, a charity envelop, to be donated.”
The purse contained £40, with £27.50 in the charity envelope.
Maguire, 32, admitted stealing the money in an opportune moment.
She said that she had spent the money on heroin, a Class A drug.
Judge Mallon was also told that Maguire failed to attend for court previously.
Her explanation was that she had feared for her safety as an ex-boyfriend had been on the way to the court.
Judge Mallon ordered her to pay £67.50 compensation and £85 court costs.
Maguire was also given a community order with a drug rehabilitation requirement for six months.