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Shoplifter Annette Daniel pleads for prison term

Glasgow airport
Image caption Annette Daniel was arrested at Glasgow airport preparing to fly to Turkey

A serial shoplifter has been sent to prison for six months - after asking a sheriff to be jailed so she can sort out her drink and drugs problems.

Annette Daniel was arrested at Glasgow Airport last month after being caught stealing nearly £2,000 of clothes from the Monsoon store in Stirling.

The 49-year-old, from Glasgow, had taken to wearing wigs while shoplifting because she had become so well known.

She admitted the theft of 18 items from the store in Port Street.

Stirling Sheriff Court heard Daniel had taken dresses, tops and tunics worth £1,920 from the shop, but nothing was ever recovered. The incident was captured on CCTV.

She was at the airport to fly to Turkey with friends, but was arrested after police officers spotted her having a drink while waiting to board.

Daniel's not guilty plea to stealing clothing from JJB Sports in The Thistles Shopping Centre in Stirling on the same day as the Monsoon offence was accepted by the prosecution.

Three warrants were issued for her co-accused Roberta Burke, 48; Jean McGovern, 49; and Thomas Shearer, 31, all from Glasgow.

Defence lawyer David Kinloch said Daniel was "known throughout Scotland and doesn't hide from that".

'Professional shoplifter'

He said: "She has developed a dependency on alcohol and illicit substances. She has certain difficulties, and knows she needs treatment and accepts that.

"And to sort out these problems, she asks you to impose a short prison sentence on her. She thinks the best way to get off alcohol is to be in custody."

Sheriff William Gilchrist described Daniel as a "professional shoplifter" as he jailed her for six months.

He said: "Your record has a number of previous analogous convictions in various parts of Scotland.

"It is clear you are a professional shoplifter, and a custodial sentence is the only option."

The Crown also said it was lodging an intention to seize Daniel's assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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