Woman admits Debenhams theft
A WOMAN stole more than £300 of clothes from the Debenhams store in Swansea city centre.
Paula Evans, aged 41, from Newton Avenue in Port Talbot, went into the shop on October 10 and put a selection of items of clothing into her bag and tried to leave without paying.
When she was stopped they found three further items hidden inside her clothes.
In total they were worth £323.80.
In her police interview, Evans said she had stolen the items because she has mental health problems.
She apologised and said "I couldn't help myself".
Evans said she would have been able to pay for them but blamed her medication for making her forget.
Stephen Harrop, for Evans, said his client did have similar convictions for previous matters but said the last offence was several months old.
He said when she has not taken her medication she feels "impulses" which causes her to commit offences.
City magistrates fined her £75 and told her to pay £85 in costs.