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Truro woman, Tracy Starling, sentenced for assault and theft

By WBEsme  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

A Truro woman has walked free from court after going on a shoplifting spree and beating up two police officers.

Tracy Marie Starling of Pendeen Road, Truro, received a suspended sentence for 6 charges of theft and assault at Truro Magistrates Court on Friday.

The 33 year-old, who was described in court as a “vulnerable woman”, pleaded guilty to all the offences.

On July 23 2013 Starling stole two hooded tops from Superdry, Truro before assaulting PC Stevenson and PCSO Emily Distin.

She also resisted PC Pearce and PC Filkin in the execution of their duties and used threatening language during the incident.

Starling’s solicitor, Deborah Von Kohler, said: “It’s a day Miss Starling won’t forget and a day which she isn’t proud of.”

The court heard that Starling struggles with alcoholism and is currently on an alcohol treatment program.

Mrs Von Kohler added: “A very tragic thing has happened to Tracy Starling in that she has lost her younger brother and, I don’t think Tracy will mind me saying, it was due to alcohol.”

“I would say that Miss Starling has had a huge wake-up call with the loss of her brother.

“She genuinely wishes to get over her problem.”

Starling was given a 16 week sentence suspended for 12 months for assault charges.

She was also given a two week sentence suspended for 12 months for theft and resisting a constable in the execution of his duties.

Both sentences will run concurrently.

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