The trial of a woman charged with shoplifting about 120 items including toys from stores in Sendai, began this week in the Sendai District Court.
Prosecutors said that the suspect’s 10-year-old daughter witnessed her mother shoplifting last February and since then, the suspect had her daughter assist in the thefts, Sankei Shimbun reported.
The woman admitted to the charge and told the court that she could not get a job due to poor health and felt it was a waste of money to buy things, especially toys, for her child.
She was indicted for shoplifting goods including toys and trolley bags from two retail stores in Sendai during June and September of last year.
The court has not revealed the defendant’s name or age to protect the privacy of the daughter.
Prosecutors called the suspect’s actions a “selfish crime and a bad influence on the child’s upbringing” and requested a two-year prison term for her. The court will hand down its verdict on Jan 23.© Japan Today