Woman committed offence at Belfast International Airport because 'queue too long'

Woman committed offence at Belfast International Airport because 'queue too long'

A STRABANE woman claims she committed an offence because a queue was "too long" at Belfast International Airport.

Sharon Wray (51), of Castletown Court, admitted the theft of goods worth £31 including bracelets and 'juice' from a WH Smith shop on October 3 last year.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates' Court police were tasked to WH Smith in the departure lounge of the airport where a staff member provided a description of a suspect and then accompanied police through the departure area to identify Wray.

When searched, items taken from the shop were recovered from the defendant.

The prosecutor said the defendant "admitted taking the goods due to the queue being too long".

The court heard Wray told police her "behaviour was due to a mixture of alcohol and prescription medication".

The court was told the defendant had a "substantial criminal record" and at the time of the offence she was in breach of a suspended sentence.

The defendant appeared at court via a video link from the office of her solicitor who said there had been no further offending and she was "back on the straight and narrow".

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the theft at the airport had been a "very foolish thing to do when she is on a suspended sentence for nine months".

He told the defendant she had put her "liberty very much in jeopardy".

The judge said he had previously deferred sentencing to give her "a chance" which she had taken by not re-offending.

Judge Broderick said he would not activate the previous suspended sentence and instead gave Wray a four months prison term, suspended for a year.