Saymira Abbas missed unpaid work sessions but the bench chairman said he felt she was playing the system.

A pregnant woman was accused of playing the system after failing to attend unpaid work sessions.

Saymira Abbas was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work in August last year after stealing more than £400 worth of perfume.

The 27-year-old completed only 40 hours and was prosecuted for breaching the community order.

She said that she had suffered an injury to her foot and a further 160 hours of unpaid work were imposed.

Abbas appeared before Kirklees magistrates again yesterday (Wednesday) charged with two counts of failing to comply with the court order.

The Huddersfield court heard that she missed induction appointments on July 11 and 19 this year.

Probation officer Karen Daniel said she would not proceed with the breaches but asked magistrates to revoke the order and re-sentence her for the original offence.

She explained that Abbas, of Chinewood Avenue in Batley, is pregnant and has provided a sick note stating that she can not perform manual work due to her symptoms.

Magistrates were told that while she was fit for light duties there were none of these avaliable.

Her solicitor Ian Whiteley said: “Because of health issues she cannot do the unpaid work.

“The only way she could is on a one to one basis but there’s no places available.

“The order is unworkable and that’s the basis of the change of circumstances.

“She’s not trying to avoid performing unpaid work.”

The court heard that Abbas, who works in accounts, is due to give birth in March or April next year.

Magistrates revoked her community order and re-sentenced her to a six month community order with 10 rehabilitation activity days aimed at addressing her ongoing issues.

But chairman of the bench Howard Tate told her: “I’ve got a feeling that you’re working the system.

“I assure you that if you breach this order and walk back into this courtroom and see me I won’t lose any sleep sending a pregnant woman to prison.

“If you are back you will be in more trouble than you are in now.”