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Woman out on bail caught shoplifting after five year gap in offending

She placed items including Lucozade, cheese and ham to the value of £9.78 into a large handbag before leaving

Craigavon Magistrates Court

A Lurgan woman who was caught shoplifting after a five year gap in offending has been sentenced to community service.

Court heard the 29-year-old is currently out on bail pending appeal of a six month sentence she received at Lisburn Court for fraud by false representation.

Charlene Jones Molloy, of Sloan Street, appeared for sentencing for theft at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Prosecution outlined that on October 22, 2018, at around 2.30pm, the defendant entered P&G Family Foods, Portadown.

Molloy was seen placing several items including Lucozade, cheese and ham to the value of £9.78 into a large handbag before leaving without paying.

After viewing CCTV, police were able to identify the culprit as the defendant.

She was arrested on May 9, 2019, and when cautioned she replied: “What theft?”

However, in a later interview, Molloy made full admissions and showed remorse.

Defence solicitor Conor Downey stated: “She was convicted at contest in Lisburn of fraud by false representation. She was sentenced to six month but is out on bail pending appeal.

“I ask that your worship deal with this as a stand alone. She has a record but there had been quite a break in offending and she is more than willing to make restitution.”

District Judge Steven Keown said: “I would consider a community disposal as there has been a five year gap. It is indicated she has some difficulties and is no longer engaging with service but she is considering doing so.”

Molloy was sentenced to 80 hours community service and was ordered to pay restitution of £9.78.

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