A GRIEVING woman stole as she struggled to get over the death of her grandmother, a court heard.
Jessica Haigh, 31, admitted stealing cans of lager from a supermarket on November 7.
She appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
The Huddersfield bench heard that the theft happened at the Co-op store in Brunswick Street, Dewsbury.
Haigh entered the store with a shoulder bag and filled it with a pack of Stella, worth £6.
She was followed by a member of security staff but did not respond to their request to return to the store.
Haigh, of Sackville Street in Ravensthorpe, was identified from CCTV footage and arrested.
In interview she said that she had been going through a bad patch and drunk the alcohol.
Mike Sisson-Pell, mitigating, said that his degree-educated client had become unemployed.
He added that a month before the offence Haigh’s grandmother had died from cancer.
Mr Sisson-Pell said: “She’s a young lady who doesn’t want to commit offences. She was in a situation of stress when she couldn’t cope.”
Magistrates gave Haigh a conditional discharge for six months.
They also ordered her to pay compensation for the stole lager and £15 victim surcharge.