Ashford shoplifter sentencing delayed for holiday

A shoplifter who drove into a police community support officer at a Kent designer outlet has had her sentencing adjourned while she goes on holiday.

Sapphia Da-Silva, 28, of Chelsea, west London, admitted theft, battery and failing to stop at the scene of a crash, before magistrates in Ashford.

Her case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports and to allow her to travel.

Her defence lawyer told the court she needed to visit family in Australia with her sick mother and two children.

The court heard she crashed into PCSO Daniel Smith and sent him 5ft into the air as she attempted to escape in her car after shoplifting at the shopping centre on 5 November.

Mr Smith suffered serious internal injuries and is still off work.

Her case was being adjourned for pre-sentence reports, but the date was put back for longer than usual to allow her to go on holiday.

Da-Silva is away for seven weeks and will be sentenced at the court on 31 January.

Kent Police have not commented on the case.

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