Prolific offender and drug addict Janine Clough, 43, from Liverpool, was jailed after slashing a Lidl supervisor with a shard of glass when she was stopped from leaving the grocery store
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A drug addict slashed the supervisor of a Lidl retailer with a shard of glass after she was stopped from leaving the grocery store with out paying for a trolley filled with meat.
Prolific shoplifter Janine Clough, 43, from Liverpool and who was as soon as banned from town centre, was advised by a decide that her prison report was “staggering” with 70 earlier convictions for 236 offences.
While excessive on crack cocaine and armed with a damaged espresso jar, she sliced by means of her Lidl grocery store supervisor’s uniform, leaving him with three wounds to his again in July final 12 months, reported the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool Crown Court heard Clough, of Liverpool Road, Huyton, was convicted of assaulting an emergency employee and given a neighborhood order together with a drug rehabilitation course by magistrates, on July 22 final 12 months.
But simply two days later she struck on the Lidl retailer in Kensington, at round 9pm, when she crammed provider luggage with £140 of meat.
Jo Maxwell, prosecuting, stated Clough tried to go away with out paying however employees blocked the exit, so she made a phone name to a person exterior, who “tried to assist her escape”.
There was a “standoff” between Clough holding the trolley and a safety guard, earlier than a “scuffle”, when Clough fell to the ground.
Ms Maxwell stated Clough went to an aisle, grabbed a espresso jar, smashed it on the ground, then used the damaged glass to slash at her wrists and neck.
Staff tried to cease her and the supervisor escorted her to a employees room, however as he turned his again to enter a safety code, he was slashed.
Ms Maxwell stated: “He sustained what he described as a 15-inch long scratch to his back, caused by the defendant using the shard of glass to slash out.”
She stated the sufferer went to hospital after he was advised Clough is likely to be a provider of Hepatitis C.
Clough, showing by way of video link from HMP Styal, shouted out: “I’m not a carrier of Hepatitis C.”
Recorder Harris stated the supervisor suffered “three wounds to his back in one long broken line”, which needed to be “cleansed”.
He stated: “The glass itself had cut through three layers of clothing in order to mark the manager’s skin.”
The decide advised Clough: “During your restraint you scratched out at another member of staff with your nails.”
In an announcement made in September, the supervisor stated he was nonetheless awaiting the outcomes of additional exams to substantiate whether or not he had caught the virus.
He was prescribed sleeping tablets by his GP and referred for counselling by means of Lidl.
The courtroom heard Clough’s prison report featured 135 theft or like offences; 16 offences towards the individual together with assaults on police; robberies; and three convictions for possessing offensive weapons.
In relation to the Lidl assault she admitted theft, possessing an offensive weapon and assault inflicting precise bodily hurt, forward of a trial in December.
Sarah Griffin, defending, stated as a consequence of her “particular vulnerabilities and mental health difficulties”, Clough solely trusted one agency of solicitors and hadn’t been in a position to communicate with them till that time.
The decide, Recorder Ian Harris, stated: “She is quite experienced when it comes to the criminal justice system.”
Ms Griffin stated as quickly as Clough spoke to her standard solicitors she entered her responsible pleas and Recorder Harris agreed to present her 20% credit score off her sentence.
The courtroom heard Clough was in “a very abusive relationship”, which ended simply earlier than the incident.
Ms Griffin stated: “Unfortunately she resorted back to drugs and that’s why she has ended up in the situation she has”.
Urging the decide to spare her jail, Ms Griffin stated: “Her real concern is her mother, who is out in the community and is extremely unwell.
“This defendant is determined to get again into the neighborhood to be have the ability to help her.”
Ms Griffin said Clough had continued working with the Probation Service while in custody.
She said: “She is on methadone however extra importantly she is on treatment for epilepsy and deep vein thrombosis, she takes a sequence of painkillers, she has treatment for anxiousness and panic assaults, and for bronchial asthma and COPD.
“She is not a well woman at all.”
Recorder Harris stated Clough, who was assessed as being “a high risk of serious harm to staff and a medium risk of causing serious harm to the public”, advised a probation officer she was affected by psychological sickness on the time.
However, he stated: “The court mental health team have reported as recently as January 4, 2022 that you’re not open to mental health services and they have no formal diagnosis in their records.”
The decide added: “You deliberately smashed that coffee jar and then you threatened and used it as you thought necessary so you could escape.”
Recorder Harris stated: “In my judgement your mental state did not impair your ability to exercise appropriate judgement, to make rational choices or to understand the nature and consequences of your actions.
“You had been affected right now by greed and by the results of crack cocaine.”
Jailing her for two years and 11 months, he said: “You don’t reply positively to makes an attempt to rehabilitate you and might solely anticipate vital jail sentences, which if you happen to proceed in your present course, will get lengthy and longer.”
Recorder Harris banned Clough from the Lidl retailer for seven years.