A NEWPORT woman had panic attacks about coming to court after being caught shoplifting in Asda.

Rachael Dixcey, of Manor Crescent, appeared before Isle of Wight Magistrates yesterday (Tuesday).

The 37 year old admitted theft from a shop in Newport, on October 8, 2021.

Prosecutor, Ann Smout, told the court Dixcey had entered Asda at around 5.30pm with Michael Bunce ­— who was also guilty of theft.

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Mrs Smout said Dixcey paid for two items at the checkout but the pair failed to pay for quantities of meat located in a bag.

The pair were identified via CCTV and Dixcey pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

The value of goods stolen was estimated to be between £60 and £70.

Oscar Vincent, defending, said Dixcey was of previous good character and was deeply sorry and ashamed of her actions.

He said it had been a terrifying experience for her, coming to court, and she had been having panic attacks thinking about it.

Mr Vincent said Dixcey was suffering from depression and anxiety, had been low and in a vulnerable state.

He said she had been led astray by a more sophisticated offender, and had already taken steps to address her behaviour.

Dixcey was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

She was ordered to pay £30 compensation, costs of £85 and a £22 surcharge.