A mother whose son was stabbed to death turned to crime to get money to buy a train ticket to attend his memorial service, a court heard.
Michelle Byrne’s son was a promising rugby player who died after being stabbed by a 13-year-old boy in August last year.
Byrne, 36, of Lytham Road, South Shore, admitted stealing £77 worth of cosmetics from a shop in Blackpool.
Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard the theft happened at B&M Bargains on Bank Hey Street on July 16 this year.
Byrne was sentenced to one month in prison, suspended for 12 months, put on a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Byrne was on a suspended prison sentence for theft when she stole from B&M Bargains.
Steven Townley, defending, said Byrne’s son had been a promising young rugby player when he was killed.
She moved from Manchester to Blackpool in January to make a fresh start and it was a long time until she could get her benefit payments sorted out, he said.
Mr Townley added: “She had no money.
“There was a memorial service arranged through the rugby club to mark the first anniversary of her son’s death and she was keen to be there.
“She was going to sell the items she stole to get money for the train fare.
“She subsequently did make the memorial service.”