MAGISTRATES were forced to send a homeless woman back to prison after a clerical blunder meant housing had not been found for her.
Sabina Hansard, aged 52, of no fixed abode, has been in custody since she was arrested on September 6 for stealing clothing and food from Marks and Spencer in Solihull.
Her case was adjourned on September 7 for pre sentence reports to be written and accommodation to be sought through the probation’s housing department.
Hansard appeared back at Solihull Magistrates Court on Monday but the probation service told magistrates due to an ‘administrative error,’ the housing department had failed to find anywhere for her to stay and another report would need to be compiled.
Shouting from the dock, the distressed defendant said: “This is appalling, this is a housing issue, I don’t need another report written about me. I have written to the Government demanding the abolition of the probation service.”
Magistrates said they had ‘no choice’ but to remand the defendant in custody because she had nowhere to live and no money.
Hansard, who grew up in Meriden, pleaded guilty to stealing a coat, handbag and food to the value of just over £150. Her case has been adjourned until October 8.