Woman shoplifted just before the birth of her fourth child

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The B&M store in Coleraine.

A woman who shoplifted just before the birth of her fourth child has been fined £100.

Ciara McGill (26), of Galvally Mews in Portstewart, struck at B&M Bargains in Coleraine in February this year.

She took items worth £40 after approaching a till and paying for some goods but not others.

She pleaded guilty to a theft charge when she appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday.

The court was told she has four children under the age of five with the youngest being seven months.

A prosecutor said CCTV showed two females entering the store and McGill was pushing a trolley and had a collapsible bag.

After placing some items in the trolley and others in the bag she made no attempt to pay for the bagged goods.

Defence solicitor Derwin Harvey said McGill subsequently offered to pay the shop for the stolen goods before appearing in court.

He said McGill has now “cut off all ties” with the other person and he added the offence happened shortly before the birth of his client’s fourth child.

As well as being fined £100, the defendant was also ordered to pay compensation of £40 to the shop for the stolen goods which were not recovered.

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