A MUM-OF-THREE with 15 convictions of theft has been spared from jail after stealing perfume.

Lilija Jezdovska, 35, was arrested after being seen acting suspiciously, said George Hazel-Owram, prosecuting at Barnsley Magistrates' Court.

She stole perfume gift sets from Boots worth £72.

Jezdovska, of Sherwood Street, Barnsley, is undergoing drug rehabilitation and had kept all but one of her 26 appointments, said David Lockhart, defending.

Mr Lockhart urged the court to view the theft as a 'blip' and said the mum-of-three, who came to the UK from Latvia seven years ago, should not be locked up.

Jezdovska, who admitted theft, was ordered to undergo a further six months of drug rehabilitation, to pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £80.