Woman is fined £100 for 'drinking and socialising' in Ballymena in breach of Covid regulation

Woman is fined £100 for 'drinking and socialising' in Ballymena in breach of Covid regulation

A WOMAN has been fined £100 for breaching a Covid regulation by "drinking and socialising" with others at an address in Ballymena in June this year.

Jade Harrison (32), with address listed on charge sheets as Castle Gardens in Ballymena and Killane Park in Ahoghill, appeared at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.

In June this year she stole groceries worth a total of £460 from Sainsbury's in Ballymena on three occasions.

In March this year police saw a vehicle with no lights on in Ballymena town centre and it emerged she had been driving whilst unfit.

A prosecutor said the defendant had was searched and four wraps of heroin were "discovered concealed internally".

She told police she had taken drugs including heroin before driving.

She was also twice caught speeding on other occasions, Court News NI can report.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said a pre-sentence report made for "tragic reading" as Harrison had "lost the entirety of her life to heroin misuse".

He said the report makes "harrowing reading" but she is now engaging with addiction services and has the support of a key worker.

The defendant was put on probation for a year with a condition that she participates in addiction counseling and she was banned from driving for a year.