Motion-sensor camera sent ‘live stream’ of burglars targeting property in Ballymena

Ballymena Court
A MOTION-sensor camera snared intruders who broke into a man’s home and stole an X-box.
Louise Browne (30), of Lanntara, Ballymena, had the offence detected at Ballyclug Mews in the town on April 24 this year.
A co-accused – her former boyfriend – was recently jailed for the burglary offence.
A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday that at 8am on the day in question the home owner was in Ballymoney at the time with his mother who was able to watch the burglary being live-streamed after the camera was activated by a motion-sensor.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine claimed the couple entered the property because of an “ongoing issue”.
He said Browne was clearly acting under the influence of her then boyfriend and unknown to them there was a “live link”.
District Judge Peter King said Browne had made a number of poor decisions in the run up to the incident, the worst, he said, arguably being “your choice of boyfriend”.
The defendant was given a four months prison term, suspended for three years.

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