A DEPRESSED woman who attempted to steal a new dress for her birthday has appeared in court.
Lara Davis, of Teddesley Grove, Kitts Green had entered New Look in Solihull on Thursday May 10, selected a £29.99 dress and gone into the changing rooms to try it on, Solihull Magistrates Court heard.
Leaving the cubicles, the 31-year-old then picked up a similar dress and told the shop assistant at the tills she had bought the latter and wanted to exchange it, said John McCann, prosecuting.
Suspicious staff refused to buy her story however and she was arrested and charged with fraud by misrepresentation.
Nicola Purches, defending, said Davis had been struggling with depression at the time of the attempted fraud.
“She has fallen on very difficult times,” she added.
“She had been working for five years as a receptionist. She was suffering from severe depression.. it seems to stem from an abusive relationship. She’s on a lot of medication.
“The depression meant she had to take some time off and that led to her losing her job.”
Miss Purches added that the defendant had stolen the dress as she was going out with friends for her birthday but felt she had “nothing to wear” and couldn’t afford to buy a new outfit.
“She did end up going out for her birthday and had a very bad time,” she added.
“She lost what little money she had left.
“Everything is going really, really wrong for her.”
Davis pleaded guilty to fraud by misrepresentation at Solihull Magistrates on Thursday (May 24).
She was sentenced to pay an £80 fine, £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs.