Ballymena woman is warned she faces jail if she doesn’t stop shoplifting

Ballymena Court

A JUDGE warned a Ballymena woman that if she doesn’t stop shoplifting she will be jailed.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking at the town’s Magistrates Court on December 19 to Donna Donegan.

The defendant (40), with an address at Devenagh Way, was in court for sentencing on a number of charges including the theft of goods worth £100 from Boots on August 16 last year when the defendant was also found to be in possession of cannabis.

On February 23 this year the defendant stole a number of unknown items and a Bag for Life at Poundland in Ballymena.

On July 6 this year she stole two necklaces worth £34.50 from Marks & Spencer in Ballymena.
In relation to the last matter a prosecutor said security staff noticed the defendant acting suspiciously.

The court heard the defendant is engaging with Community Addictions.

Judge Broderick said Donegan had a poor record for theft and her “liberty is at risk”.

She was also in breach of a suspended sentence and the judge told her that “unless you stop going into shops and stealing things” she would end up in jail.

He said he was giving her a chance by deferring sentencing to next summer and said if the defendant re-offended the likelihood is that she will go to prison.

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