Ballymena woman accused of fraud in relation to prescription medication ‘is still content to stay’ in prison on remand

A forensic team pictured at Devenagh Way last year. Picture: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia.

A woman currently facing a charge of fraud in relation to prescription medication “belonging to a deceased person” is “still content to stay” on remand in prison, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard on Thursday.

Angela Irwin (54), of Devenagh Court in Ballymena, is alleged to have committed fraud by false representation by ordering prescription medication with the intention of causing a loss to the Northern Health and Social Services Trust between November 21/22 in 2018.

The charge followed the death of Robin McMaster (40), whose body was found at Devenagh Court on November 22.

On November 22, police said the death was being treated as murder.

Irwin had originally been arrested on suspicion of murder before being released on bail pending further enquiries.

She was then re-arrested and charged with fraud by false representation.

On November 29, police then said: “Following our enquiries we are no longer treating this is as a murder investigation. CID detectives in Ballymena are however continuing to look into the circumstances of his death.”

A previous court heard it alleged that Irwin had taken “prescription medication belonging to a deceased person”.

On Thursday she appeared at court via video link from Hydebank Prison and it was heard that although bail had previously been granted the accused was “still content to stay” there.

A prosecutor said the case would be going to the Crown Court.

The case was adjourned to the end of June.

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