A WOMAN who stole ladies underwear from Primark has been fined £250.
Kerrie McCullough (27) committed the theft offence on January 31 this year.
A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court the defendant had 23 previous convictions including a burglary in 2010 and a theft in 2014 when the defendant received a suspended sentence.
McCullough had also been given a suspended sentence in February this year for theft, disorderly behaviour and asault on police.
Regarding the latest charge, the prosecutor said the defendant lifted a multi-pack of underwear, and leggings, and paid for the leggings at a till but concealed the underwear.
She later admitted the offence to police and the items were recovered but not fit for re-sale.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said his client had apologised immediately and asked the judge not to jail McCullough as the offence happened just prior to the suspended sentence.
District Judge Peter King said he was “not terribly sure there is anything the court can do to stop Ms McCullough re-offending”.
He said she had an “unhappy” record and added: “It’s quite clear that this sort of low value thievery is now unfortunately entrenched as part of her behaviour”.
The judge said the suspended sentence remains live until 2021 and warned the defendant: “Don’t test the court’s patience”.