A shoplifting case against an alcoholic woman from Bulwell has been scrapped after the court heard she was suffering from dementia.
Julie Gregory (49), of Colston Road, pleaded guilty to three charges of stealing food and alcohol from the Morrisons and Tesco Extra superstores in Bulwell town centre. She was subsequently banned from both stores.
An initial hearing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court was told that Gregory had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and was receiving treatment at Highbury Hospital in Bulwell.
District Judge Leo Pyle adjourned the case for six weeks so that an up-to-date report could be prepared on Gregory.
However, when the case was brought before the court again this week, all three offences were withdrawn.
Gregory’s solicitor, Lauren Manuel, had told the court: “She is a lifetime alcoholic, and has been drinking from a young age.
“Now, her mental health and physical health have deteriorated, giving cause for a high level of concern.
“She has been diagnosed with young adults’ dementia and is unlikely to recover. She will need treatment for the rest of her life.”