Woman ‘with £900 in purse could not explain’ why she stole two pairs of tracksuit bottoms and a packet of sausages worth a total of £18.27 from Lidl

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The Lidl store in Ballymena. Picture – Google.

A woman who had £900 in her purse could not explain why she she stole two pairs of tracksuit bottoms and a packet of sausages worth a total of £18.27 from Lidl in Ballymena, a court heard.

Lucica Covaci (30), of Princes Street, Ballymena, pleaded guilty to theft when she appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

A prosecutor said that on November 17 last year the defendant was with a male and although the male paid for his items she made no attempt to pay for items she had placed in a bag. They were fit for re-sale.

The prosecutor said the defendant had £900 in a purse at the time of the theft.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said his client “can’t explain” why she stole the items.

He said it was the first time she had been in trouble.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he could give the defendant credit for having a previously clear record and for her guilty plea and fined her £150.

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