Temporary cleaner who stole bank card in ‘breach of trust’ has case further adjourned

Ballymena Court

A TEMPORARY cleaner who was the ‘only other person’ to have access to an area at premises from which a bank card had been stolen and used in a number of ‘contactless’ transactions – who previously pleaded guilty to theft and fraud by false representation – has had her case further adjourned.

Stephanie Mitchell (33), formerly of Phoenix Fields but now of Cullybackey Road in Ballymena, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on January 2.

A previous hearing was told she contacted the card owner and said she had done “something really really bad” and was “truly sorry” whilst pledging to “pay every penny back”.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine previously said Mitchell had made admissions before the police were involved as she “couldn’t live with herself”.

He said the defendant was deeply remorseful.

Mr Ballentine said it appeared the defendant was in financial difficulties and when she couldn’t pay debts she “succumbed to temptation”.

Also at the earlier hearing, District Judge Peter King said it was a difficult case as the defendant had previously been in court for a theft matter and the current case involved a “breach of trust” when she was working in premises and decided to take advantage of the access.

The current case has been adjourned to the end of January.

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