Judge gives shoplifter a final chance.
Beau Gallagher, aged 23, of Agincourt Road, Cheylesmore, admitted stealing perfume worth pounds 300 from Boots, in the Lower Precinct, on November 15.
Giving her a five month jail sentence, suspended for a year, Recorder Robin Rowland told her: "Fairly soon the court is going to lose patience and, if that happens, your life is going to be one custodial sentence after another, each longer than the last.
"With considerable misgivings I am going to give you the opportunity to show you mean what you say, not only in court, but in the way you deal with your life in the future."
Coventry Crown Court heard Gallagher had a pounds 40-a-day heroin habit and had 16 previous convictions, mostly for theft and shoplifting.
Jabeen Akhtar. defending, said Gallagher had battled drug addiction for years but had recently split from her junkie boyfriend in a bid to make a fresh start, and was taking a heroin substitute.