Woman accused of fraud in relation to prescription medication ‘belonging to a deceased person’ has been further remanded in custody

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Ballymena Court.

A woman accused of fraud in relation to prescription medication “belonging to a deceased person” has been further remanded in custody.

Angela May Jean Irwin (53), of Devenagh Court in Ballymena, is alleged to have committed fraud by false representation by ordering prescription medication with the intention of causing a loss to the Northern Health and Social Services Trust between November 21/22 in 2018.

The charges are linked to the death of Robin McMaster (40), whose body was found at the same address on November 22.

On November 22, police said the death was being treated as murder.

Irwin had originally been arrested on suspicion of murder before being released on bail pending further enquiries.

She was then re-arrested and charged with fraud by false representation.

On November 29, police then said: “Following our enquiries we are no longer treating this is as a murder investigation. CID detectives in Ballymena are however continuing to look into the circumstances of his death.”

On Thursday, the defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court via video link from Hydebank Prison, where she has been on remand in connection with the fraud by false representation charge.

A prosecution lawyer said the full file in the case has yet to be received from police.

She added: “This is linked to more serious charges but they are going to be dealt with by another file”.

A defence solicitor said: “It’s a relatively straight forward matter”.

The case was adjourned to January 17.

A previous court heard it alleged that Irwin had taken “prescription medication belonging to a deceased person”.

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