Judge says it is important a Ballymena woman understands that shoplifting is ‘serious’

Ballymena Court

A JUDGE told a Ballymena woman who admitted a number of thefts it was important that she understands that shoplifting is a “serious” offence.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court on January 2 to Joanna Boyd (29), of Glenshesk Drive.

She admitted stealing fragrances worth £226 from Boots in the Tower Centre in August last year and items worth £51.92 from Woodside’s Pharmacy.

In September she took goods worth £36 from Poundland and in October she was in possession of herbal cannabis in her handbag on the same date – October 12 this year – when she stole goods worth £10.60 from Sainsbury’s in Ballymena.

A defence solicitor said the defendant had “financial struggles” and was “remorseful”.

The defendant was put on Probation for a year and also has to do 100 hours of Community Service.

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