Shoplifter claims she was drunk on chocolates




A WOMAN caught shoplifting claimed she only did it after getting drunk on alcohol-infused chocolates.

However, she has lost her appeal against a three-month jail sentence.

The 23-year-old Bahraini was caught on camera stealing a bottle of perfume worth more than BD80 from Bahrain Duty Free last September.

However, she later told prosecutors she was drunk when she did it after eating chocolate liqueurs – and did not remember what had happened.

“I was coming from Bangkok on Qatar Airways after a transit in Qatar and went to Bahrain Duty Free,” the university student said in her statement.

“I was looking around the shop and took a break to eat the chocolates with alcohol inside and they tasted good.

“I walked around for a while and cannot remember what happened next.

“I then woke up and saw a bottle of perfume at my house, but there was no Duty Free sticker on it.

“I was wondering how this perfume ended up in my room and did not know.

“I later received a summons from the police and turned myself in at a police station.”

The woman had been filmed by a security camera stealing the perfume.

She was originally convicted of theft by the Lower Criminal Court last month, but was released on BD200 bail while she lodged an appeal in the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court.

Appeal judges yesterday upheld the original verdict and an arrest warrant has been issued for the defendant.

However, her defence lawyer yesterday told the court that she was believed to be out of the country.

The defendant had 45 previous complaints filed against her with police, including mobile phone theft and selling illegal sex toys.


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