A shoplifting case against an alcoholic woman from Bulwell has had to be delayed because she is suffering from dementia.
Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard that Julie Gregory (49), of Colston Road, had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
Gregory pleads guilty to three charges of stealing from the Morrisons and Tesco Extra superstores in Bulwell town centre.
She is said to have stolen alcohol worth £11.88 from Morrisons on Saturday 8th March, alcohol worth £4.49 from Morrisons on Monday 10th March, and then fishcakes and Stella Artois lager from Tesco Extra on Tuesday 25th March. She was subsequently banned from both stores.
However, her solicitor, Lauren Manuel, said Gregory had been an in-patient at Highbury Hospital in Bulwell since Sunday 25th May.
“Miss Gregory is a lifetime alcoholic and has been drinking from a very young age,” said Miss Manuel.
“”After these offences, she decided to abstain from alcohol for four weeks. But her mental health and physical health deteriorated, giving cause for a high level of concern.
“A nurse at the hospital tells me Miss Gregory is still undergoing assessment tests. However, she has been diagnosed with young adults’ dementia and is unilkely to recover. She will need treatment for the rest of her life.”
District Judge Leo Pyle ordered the case to be adjourned for six weeks, until Tuesday 26th August, so that an up-to-date report can be prepared on Gregory. It would also enable the court to ascertain the progress of her treatment.