May 5, 2009

Woman wore heels to community service

A British woman sentenced to community service was sent back to court after she showed up for her punishment wearing four-inch heels.

Debbie Stallard, 47, was sentenced to 80 hours of community service for damaging a vehicle and failing to consent to a breath test but she was sent away from the probation service's community payback workshop in Torquay because officials said her shoes were a health and safety hazard, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

Stallard said she has a medical condition that prevents her from wearing flat shoes.

Since I was a little girl I have only been able to walk on the balls of my feet. Even my slippers have two and a half inch heels, she said. The long and the short of it is that I can't wear flat shoes because of a medical condition I have had since I was a child.

A Probation Service spokesman said Stallard refused an offer of protective footwear.

We had no option but to return the order to court for magistrates to re-sentence as they see fit, the spokesman said.

The case was adjourned by judges pending medical reports.