Portsmouth teenager stole from gran

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A TEENAGER who stole more than £2,000 worth of jewellery from her grandmother has avoided going to jail.

Cherry Stent took the items of jewellery, worth £2,320, from Mary Mallis’s home in London Avenue, North End, Portsmouth, on June 6.

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to theft when she appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Stent, of Harleston Road, Wymering, Portsmouth, was given a 16-week jail sentence suspended for 12 months, which means if she stays out of trouble for the next year she will not go to jail.

She was also given a 12-month community. Part of the order means she must attend a women’s group for six sessions and have a year of supervision from the probation service.

The magistrates also ordered that £250 will automatically be taken out of Stent’s benefits to pay Mrs Mallis compensation.