A drug addict caused damage worth £3,000 to repair and got away with electricity and alcohol when she broke into part of a town center venue.
Nichola Kiley forced open the metal door of a caravan at the Riverside Bar, Newcastle Quay, and stole alcohol and an iPad, worth £775. When staff showed up the next day, they discovered the theft and even more damage had been done inside, a court heard.
CCTV meant it didn’t take long for police to find Kiley and she was arrested. The 42-year-old, from Lowbiggin, Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle, has now been hit in the pocket after pleading guilty to theft and criminal damage and ordered to pay £500 compensation.
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Greg Flaxon, prosecuting at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court, said the manager of Neptune House, where Riverside Bar is located, contacted police on August 14 this year to say a caravan at the site had been forced open and that items had been stolen. Mr Flaxon continued: “The caravan door had been forced out. The caravan was secure.
“On returning to the caravan, the manager discovered further damage to the door and a smashed window. An iPad, two bottles of Jack Daniels and other bottles of liquor, worth £775, had been swept away. Damage was £3,000.”
The court heard that Kiley, who has 13 offenses on her record, was coerced into the offense by her boyfriend who has since died of an overdose. Andy O’Hanlon, defending, said: ‘How did she rip off a caravan door by herself? It’s quite clear she didn’t and was with her boyfriend , who did. Drugs are a problem in her offense – she has a heroin addiction.”