A WOMAN drunkenly took home a phone taken from a stolen handbag, a court heard.
Kathleen Coyne, of Roundwood Avenue, Waterloo, appeared before Kirklees magistrates.
The 59-year-old pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said that the victim was Bernadette Keane.
On August 26 she ordered food from Centro’s takeaway on Northumberland Street.
Ms Keane then got into a taxi and realised that her handbag had been stolen.
The bag contained her Sony Ericsson phone, worth £300.
The phone had a tracking system on it and Ms Keane traced it to Coyne’s home address.
Mr Bozman said: “The complainant went round to the address and the defendant answered the door.
“The complainant recognised her as one of a group she’d seen in Centro’s.
“She challenged her about the phone.”
Magistrates heard that Coyne handed the mobile over, claiming that she didn’t have the handbag.
Bob Carr, mitigating, said that his client had no propensity for offending but did like to have a drink.
He said that his client was drunk when the handbag was taken by a friend, who then passed the phone to her.
Mr Carr said that Coyne gave police details of the woman responsible for the original theft.
Magistrates gave her a conditional discharge for 12 months.
They ordered her to pay £85 court costs.