A SHOPLIFTER has been jailed for 14 days and ordered to pay £216 compensation after stealing booze from a Kendal supermarket.

Samantha Nield swiped hundreds of pounds worth of spirits from the Booths store in Wainwright's Yard, a court was told.

The 33-year-old was caught stealing items on two occasions, South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court heard.

The court heard on December 9, Nield stole six bottles of spirits from the supermarket with the items totalling £216.

Nield walked out the shop with the bottles in her bag and the items were not recovered, the court heard.

She then returned to the store a week later.

On this occasion, she was assisted by a male accomplice, the court heard.

The pair looked to steal alcohol from the supermarket.

The court heard that £176 worth of items were placed in Nield’s bag.

But the pair were stopped by a loss-prevention officer who was able to recover the items as they tried to leave the store.

Nield’s defence solicitor blamed her 'chaotic lifestyle' for the offences as she looked to support a drug habit.

“She is 33-years-old and has been involved with drugs since she was 16-years-old," said the solicitor.

“She has struggled. She has used shoplifting to fund her drug habit.

“She puts this down to her chaotic lifestyle.”

Nield appeared in court via video link from HMP Styal where she is currently serving a prison sentence.

The court heard she has 46 previous offences.

Of these, 26 were for theft-related offences.

The chair of the bench gave Nield credit for her guilty pleas before sentencing her to 14 days in custody.

They said: “We have given you credit for your guilty pleas today.

“You are serving a prison sentence with a significant history of similar offences.

“But, like I say, we have given you credit for your guilty pleas. So for the sentences, you will serve seven days each in custody consecutively and pay £216 on your release.”

Neild, of Alexandra Road, Morecambe, pleaded guilty to two theft offences.