Judge warns Bangor woman if she again uses a vehicle in connection with shoplifting she will be banned from the roads

Judge warns Bangor woman if she again uses a vehicle in connection with shoplifting she will be banned from the roads

A JUDGE warned a Bangor woman if she again uses a vehicle in connection with stealing groceries she will be given a one year driving ban.

Tracy Bompas (60), of Holborn Avenue, admitted two charges of theft relating to Tesco at Springhill in the town.

She had been charged with stealing '£800' worth of 'groceries and accessories' on September 4 last year and '£200' worth of items nine days later.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court (main picture) the first charge was amended by prosecutors from '£800' to read '£85'.

A defence lawyer said the defendant "doesn't know what she was thinking at the time".

He added that it could "only be explained by the fact that her medication had been changed drastically at the time".

The lawyer said the defendant had "very little recollection" of what happened but said there had been "nothing premeditated" by the defendant who had a previously clear record.

The lawyer said the defendant lives alone and her driving licence is very important to her.

District Judge Mark Hamill handed down a two year conditional discharge.

He added: "If you do this again in the next two years the first thing I'm going to do is disqualify you from driving for a year".