Friday, September 2, 2011

Natasha Reid an Aspiring Social Worker and a Thief Shown Mercy for Looting during the Riots - 2nd Sept 2011

A looter who handed herself in to police after being overcome with guilt was spared prison yesterday.

Graduate Natasha Reid, 24, was told her action after she stole a television in a ‘moment of madness’ saved her from custody.

At City of Westminster magistrates’ court, district judge Elizabeth Roscoe warned that other looters should not take heart from her decision because they still face ‘substantial prison sentences’.

Sentencing Reid to a four-month jail sentence suspended for a year, she said the thief was caught up in a ‘very serious incident’ but showed ‘immediate and real remorse’.

The judge added: ‘Handing yourself in has saved you from an immediate prison sentence.

‘You are still an extremely young woman with a promising future ahead of you and you need to make sure you make the best of it.’

Reid, an aspiring social worker who studied youth justice at Middlesex University and wants to work with vulnerable children, clutched a bag of toiletries and clothes for prison in the dock.

The court heard that she stole the £269.99 TV from a branch of Comet which had already been looted on August 7, although she owned a better one. Read More