Woman who stole two trolley loads of goods from Sainsbury’s in Ballymena had a previous conviction for begging

 

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Sainsbury’s in Ballymena.

A woman who stole two trolley loads of goods from Sainsbury’s in Ballymena had a previous conviction for begging.

Nancy Lawrence (27), whose address was given as Islay Street in Antrim, took a trolley of goods of unknown value from Sainsbury’s on January 25 this year.

She returned on February 1 but was caught stealing goods worth £388.75.

The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to two charges of theft.

Defence barrister Amy Campbell said the defendant was originally from Dublin and wished to return there.

A prosecutor said when Lawrence was caught on February 1 she also admitted to the earlier incident.

Ms Campbell said after having an argument with her parents in Dublin Lawrence had gone to stay with a friend in Antrim four months ago.

Following the shoplifting the householder was not happy with Lawrence and said she needed to go back to Dublin.

Ms Campbell said Lawrence had stolen from the supermarket to sell the items to pay back debts she owed and also to have money to live on.

Imposing a three months jail term, suspended for two years, District Judge Nigel Broderick said: “These are serious matters. These are a lot of goods that you are pushing out the front door in a trolley”.

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