Drug addict jailed

A PREGNANT drug addict pleaded for a judge to be lenient with her after she admitted taking tags off goods in a shop and assault charges.Della Wright, of Burlington Road, Ipswich, begged District Judge David Cooper to give her a suspended sentence when she appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrate's Court.

A PREGNANT drug addict pleaded for a judge to be lenient with her after she admitted taking tags off goods in a shop and assault charges.

Della Wright, of Burlington Road, Ipswich, begged District Judge David Cooper to give her a suspended sentence when she appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrate's Court.

Instead, she is today serving a seven week prison term after Judge Cooper said he had no choice but to jail her.

Wright, 38, pleaded guilty to taking the tags off items in Claire's Accessories in Ipswich on August 29 during Wednesday's court hearing.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, told the court that an off duty officer had seen Wright, who is seven months pregnant, with the items, which led to her putting them back before leaving the store.

She also pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers after she dug her nails into them as they tried to lead her to a police van.

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Ms Small told the court that Wright had told the officers: “Don't touch me - I will bite you.”

Jailing her for seven weeks Judge Cooper took into account the de-tagging and assault offences, as well as an earlier suspended sentence and another offence of stealing hair styling equipment, for which sentencing had previously been deferred.

He told Wright he had been “exceptionally lenient”.

“That's the best I can do,” he said.

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