A JUDGE told a woman if she could stay away from "bad company" she will have a good chance of avoiding future court appearances.
District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking to Louise Browne (32), with an address listed on the charge sheet as High Street in Ballymena.
She was sentenced to 80 hours of Community Service for stealing two bottles of vodka worth £25 from Co-op in Ballymena on August 23 this year.
Defence barrister Ben Thompson said a pre-sentence report regarding the defendant, who had a record, was "pretty positive".
Judge Broderick told her: "I hope that you are on the good path and are going to stay away from these people, who I think, have a very bad influence on you because if you drift back to them I have no doubt you will go back into re-offending."
He believed the defendant might "pick up skills" by doing Community Service which could lead to a job.
Judge Broderick added: "Stay away from the bad company you were keeping and if you do that you will have a good chance of staying away from court".