Woman involved in 'breach of trust' is given suspended jail sentence at Ballymena Court

Woman involved in 'breach of trust' is given suspended jail sentence at Ballymena Court

A WOMAN who was involved in a "a breach of trust" theft has been given a suspended jail sentence at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Danielle Graham (40), of Glenmount Drive, Newtownabbey, had originally been ordered to do 200 hours of Community Service for theft.

The case was originally dealt with at Antrim Magistrates Court in 2019.

She only did 73 hours of the Community Service.

The full details of the original case were not outlined to Thursday's Court but District Judge Nigel Broderick said it had been a "theft case, a breach of trust".

A defence lawyer said the defendant had "mental health issues".

He said Graham had completed 73 hours of the Community Service but her "health deteriorated again".

The lawyer said prior to the theft there had been no previous offending and the defendant had not come to the attention of the court since the incident.

Judge Broderick revoked the Community Service Order and replaced it with a six months prison term, suspended for two years.

He told the defendant: "Ms Graham I am only doing this because there has been a deterioration in your mental health. Were it not for that I would have sent you straight to prison".