A heroine-addicted mother who stole a donation box wanted to be locked up to get the help she needed in prison.
Kerry Rogers used a small paving slab to punch a hole in a Worcester optician's door window before reaching inside to get £ 20 in cash from a donation box.
The 43-year-old mother of two was arrested for raiding Brauchli Opticians on St. Swithin & # 39; s Street downtown when she appeared before the Worcester magistrates on Friday.
The mother of Elmfield Gardens, Worcester, had violated a community regulation that had been set up to help her after the theft of the donation boxes because she missed an appointment.
Her lawyer, Mark Sheward, said there was no chance that she would comply with the order's provisions, and asked the judges to detain her instead.
In a sign of kindness, city opticians have expressed hope that Rogers can get the help they need to fight their Class A drug addiction.
The raid took place between September 7th and 9th last year when Rogers stole the contents of a box for the People's Department of Sick Animals.
The charity box was located at the reception to the right of the door, and a Sight Concern charity box was also knocked off. The defendant left her blood at the scene and was identified by the police forensics. The donation boxes are no longer kept at this location.
Receptionist Sandra Burch said she felt "absolutely sick" after arriving at work to discover the break-in. The shoemaker from the shop next door came in with her to make sure no one was in the opticians.
Ms. Burch said of Rogers, "It's not an easy thing to say that I have to go to prison to get this help. I hope she can turn it around."
Manager Wendy Eichel said Rogers & # 39; must have been desperate & # 39; and said, "I'll take her hat off if she can get up and say I want help."
Rogers was unable to attend a probation service appointment on November 29 last year under a community order issued on November 14 last year, which involved her in an infringement.
Her lawyer therefore requested that the order be revoked and that his client be convicted of the original theft.
Mr. Sheward said her chaotic lifestyle prevented her from completing the order and from being on the street and mingling with people who supplied heroin.
In prison, however, she gets a methadone prescription "almost immediately", a drug used to wean heroin drug users.
He said, "The only thing she will change or have changed is if she is in custody for some time. If you place another order, she will not."
Mr. Sheward said of the mother, "She says I have given no life to them (their children) at all. I have focused more on using heroin that I have for my own children."
"She starts to accept, if she doesn't change, she won't have a relationship with her children or die very early."
Simon Freebairn, chairman of the bank, said: "It is extremely unusual to have a defendant who wants to be detained."
However, he said her decision to take her to prison was based more on the sentencing guidelines for the crime than on her desire to be detained. She was charged with her early admission of guilt and detained for 12 weeks.