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Did they recover the goods in saleable condition?
You will be fined or given a conditional discharge. There will be costs of £85 and a court charge of £180. You shouldn't have to pay compensation as there was no loss. If you have already paid the civil recovery notice then make sure you tell the court. If you have not then it is unenforceable so should refuse. The duty solicitor will be perfectly fine to deal with this. There is an outside chance of a supervision order but not likely on these facts. Can I ckarify anything for you?
Well, do deny stealing?
How did they come to be secreted in your bag?
You can. Nobody can make you plead guilty and that does amount to a defence. Whether it would succeed or not is another matter.