Model of a very modern rioter: Aspiring glamour girl, 22, jailed for six months after getting caught looting Croydon Argos store
As magistrates and police work tirelessly to track down and punish those who were involved in the rioting, one pretty model is already facing the consequences.
Shonola Smith, 22, from South Norwood, South London, sobbed as she was jailed for six months after admitting trying to steal from an Argos store in Croydon.
The model was caught outside the store and arrested on the spot, along with her sister, Alicia, and their 22-year-old friend Donness Bissessar.
Catwalk to prison yard: Shonola Smith was jailed for six months after attempted to loot an Argos store in Croydon Police stormed the building in Church Street after youths smashed the shop's front during the widespread destruction in Croydon on Monday night.
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Caught: 'Civilised' Shonola Smith has been jailed for her role in the riots
They had no previous convictions but were all handed six-month imprisonment sentences.
When Alicia Smith was arrested she was carrying ten packs of chewing gum that she had stolen from a nearby Kwik Stop convenience store on the same day. She admitted theft.
The Smith sisters and Bissessar were remanded in custody when they first appeared in court on Tuesday.
Their stunned families clutched each others’ hands for comfort as District Judge Robert Hunter handed them their sentences.
He said: 'The tragedy is that you are all of previous good character, each of you well educated.
'You have jobs. You have got plans for future education. You have shown remorse and you have all pleaded guilty.
'However, I can’t ignore the context in which these offences were committed. You have played your part in a wider act where devastation was caused to businesses and local residents.
'In my view, although I’m retaining jurisdiction, the matter is so serious that only a custodial sentence will suffice. That, I hope, will serve as a deterrent to others.'
Clad in identical prison issue clothes, all looked downcast in the dock as they exchanged glances with their parents in the public gallery.
Their lawyer told the court: 'I was taken by surprise. Talking to them and recently talking to their families, they come across as perfectly ordinary, reasonable, dare I say it civilised young women.
Stocking up: Yobs spill out of the ransacked Argos store in Croydon which model Ms Smith admitted going inside during the carnage
Damage: Smashed glass lies on the street in front of the looted Argos store in Croydon'Their parents have found it really very hard to fathom what’s going on. They have accepted their guilt, there’s no doubt that they are remorseful.
'They all work. If it all kicked off again tonight I don’t for one second think you would find these ladies anywhere near.'
Hollie Bentley, 19, is accused of inciting riots on Facebook
A teenage girl who allegedly posted 'Who's up for it?' in an invitation to start a riot on Facebook could face jail.
Hollie Bentley, 19, has been charged under the Serious Offences Act, 2007, after being arrested on suspicion of encouraging violent disorder.
Bentley, of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was arrested on Wednesday morning after the message went up on the popular website.
It is understood that the post stated a time and a date for potential rioters to meet up in the city, along with the phrase 'Who's up for it?'
If found guilty she could face a maximum sentence of five years in jail. Police confirmed that Bentley is due to appear before magistrates in Wakefield later this month.
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