Eighteen-year-old Eloise Pain was caught stealing food at the Shell Trafalgar forecourt in Truro. According to Cornwall Live, the member of staff on duty at the time saw what was happening, locked the shop and tried to speak to Pain, but she kicked the door and smashed the glass, so the employee pushed the panic button. Then it was reported that Pain took wine off the shelf and started drinking it. Police arrived and Pain smashed the wine bottle and threatened to harm herself before being subdued.
Giving more information about the incident, Truro Police’s Inspector Colin Wheeler said officers were called to an initial report of a possible shoplifting with damage caused to the shop door. Once there, police officers spoke to Pain but, due to her behaviour, thought it appropriate to taser her. She was then taken into custody. Once in custody Pain assaulted a police officer by spitting at them
Cornwall Live reported that Pain appeared at Bodmin Magistrates Court where she was sentenced for theft and two counts of criminal damage as well as for an assault on an emergency worker. She was jailed for six weeks for the incident and a further four months for breaching a suspended sentence. Pain, who was told by magistrates she has “a flagrant disregard for court orders”, was also ordered to pay £50 in compensation and a victim surcharge.
Inspector Wheeler said: “This is another example of brave and commendable police work by officers on our team within our little city. There are many reasons why people, suspects in particular, behave the way they do.
“I regularly see officers dealing with difficult situations and doing their best to treat people fairly, professionally and with respect. Obviously stealing and causing damage is against the law. That said, items can be replaced as can smashed shop doors.
“Assaulting police officers, in my view, is another level and just plain wrong. I was disgusted to hear that an officer on my team was assaulted, especially in the way they were here, and I’m glad to hear of the court outcome.”