Forth Valley thief given 'one final opportunity' to engage with social work by court

A Forth Valley thief has been granted “one final opportunity” to engage with social workers by a court.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 10:03 am

Lesley Gardiner, 37, Springkerse House, Springkerse Road, Stirling, stole handbags from M&S in Port Street, Stirling on January 25, 2018.

She appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday, however, her solicitor informed Sheriff Christopher Shead a background report was unavailable.

The lawyer explained: “Sentence had been deferred for two weeks on April 8.

Stirling resident Lesley Gardiner appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last week. Picture: Michael Gillen.

“She’d been released from hospital on April 7 having had a week-and-a-half in intensive care. She had an overdose and developed pneumonia.

“She was released and put on certain medication and is still prescribed it because she’s having trouble breathing.

“She tells me things are improving for her. She’s attending with the Community Alcohol and Drugs Service and Change Grow Live. She’s on a stable prescription of methadone of 90mls.”

Sheriff Shead gave Gardiner “one final opportunity” and deferred sentence for a report until May 19.

The case was transferred to Stirling Sheriff Court.

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