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Homeless woman tells Solihull magistrates she would 'rather live on streets.'

A HOMELESS woman and prolific thief who has spent over a month in prison has said she’d rather sleep rough than take the housing offered.

A HOMELESS woman and prolific thief who has spent over a month in prison has said she’d rather sleep rough than take the housing offered.

Sabina Hansard, who has 59 previous convictions for theft, has been released, despite still having nowhere to live.

The 52-year-old has spent 31 days in custody for stealing food and clothing after a clerical blunder meant accommodation had not been found for her.

Appearing back at Solihull Magistrates Court on Monday, Hansard refused to go into the premises offered through the probation service’s housing department. She told the magistrates: “This is about the property offered being unfit for living in. I am asthmatic and I know my triggers. If I have to live outside to stay alive longer, that is what I will do.”

Her solicitor, Peter Cooke, told the bench his client was intending to visit Solihull Council when she left court to find her own accommodation.

“I am not very optimistic, as she [Hansard] has been told she is 116th on the housing list,” Mr Cooke said. “My client is not prepared to live in a hostel. She does not want to be with drug addicts, she is not an addict.”

Hansard was arrested on September 6 for stealing just over £150 worth of goods from Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s, which she admitted to stealing to feed and clothe herself.

Hansard was sentenced to seven days in prison, which she has already served as part of her 31-day stint in custody.

No costs were awarded.

 

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