A WOMAN who admitted stealing clothing and a suitcase with a total value of £260 in three incidents relating to February this year has been ordered to do 100 hours of Community Service.
Emma Wilmont (26), of Woodland Court in Bushmills, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court where her defence solicitor was Denise Gillan.
The defendant also admitted driving while disqualified at the multi storey car park beside Ballymena’s Tower Centre and absence of insurance for a Citroen C4.
A prosecutor said security staff at Primark in the Tower Centre saw the defendant exit with a suitcase and clothing and it emerged she had earlier stolen items of clothing worth £40 from Dunnes.
Police established she was a disqualified driver and she admitted driving from Bushmills.
During interview she admitted the theft of clothing worth £95 from Primark in Belfast which were found in the rear of her vehicle.
All items were fit for re-sale.
Ms Gillan said the defendant had not been aware she was disqualified as she had not been at court and had moved address.
The solicitor said the offending was “out of the blue” and the defendant did not know why she had taken the items as she had enough money in her account but her actions may well have been a “cry for help”.
District Judge Peter King said he was prepared to accept the offences had been a “one off”.
As well as the Community Service the defendant was banned from driving for a year.