A SERIAL shoplifter broke a policewoman’s finger during her bid to get away with a stolen stash of alcohol.
Victoria Wilson, 27, pushed Pc Julie Kay when she confronted her carrying £142 worth of vodka, whisky and brandy stolen from Morrisons at Doxford Park, Sunderland.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the officer’s finger was bent back during the stand-off, which happened outside the Blue House pub in Hendon, on November 12 last year.
Prosecutor Simon Worthy told the court the officer immediately realised her finger was mis-shapen and it turned black.
Mr Worthy said: “She had to go to hospital and an x-ray confirmed it was fractured.
“She needed ongoing treatment to tendon damage.”
The court heard the officer was left “quite shocked” at being assaulted in such a way.
Wilson had managed to flee but was arrested later.
She admitted assault and theft of the alcohol from the supermarket, as well as stealing groceries from Asda earlier that day.
She also pleaded guilty to shoplifting vodka and Bacardi from Morrisons in Castletown on October 22 and £325 worth of vodka from Morrisons in Doxford Park on the same day.
At the time of the offences she was on two suspended sentences imposed for earlier shoplifting offences.
Judge John Evans jailed Wilson, of Finchale Close, Sunderland, for 13 months.
The judge told her: “I accept you were not anticipating you would occasion the injury that you did but nevertheless it resulted in a fracture of the police officer’s finger.
“In this case an immediate custodial sentence is necessary, if only to give the retail markets in the area where you live some respite from your unlawful activities.”
Jamie Adams, defending, said Wilson, who has enrolled on courses while in custody on remand, was “sorry” about the injury she caused to the police officer during the push.
Mr Adams said: “This was not the intended result of her behaviour.
“It occurred in the struggle to get away and nothing more than that.”