Serial shoplifter ‘once banned from almost every store in Northern Ireland’ is currently serving 13 months prison term

Ballymena Court

A SERIAL shoplifter whose bail conditions once banned her from every shop in Northern Ireland – apart from her local convenience store – who is currently serving a 13 months prison term has admitted new offences.

Deirdre Anne McKeown (53), of Ashbourne Manor in Ballymena pleaded guilty, on Thursday, at the town’s Magistrates Court to charges of stealing electric toothbrushes, diet pills and toys worth over £150 from B&M Bargains and Home Bargains in 2019.

A charge of using an Audi A4 without insurance at Ballynure Road, Ballyclare, was withdrawn.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth told Ballymena Court the defendant is currently serving a 13 months prison term.

McKeown received that sentence at Antrim Crown Court a few days earlier for shoplifting offences.

A previous court was once told the defendant’s bail conditions banned her from every shop in Northern Ireland apart from her local convenience store.

A judge previously told her: “I think your addiction to shoplifting is endemic”.

An earlier court also heard efforts were being made to “try and get to the bottom of” the defendant’s offending.

The Ballymena Magistrates Court case on Thursday was adjourned for a week.

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