Woman stole eight doors from neighbour's home

Woman stole eight doors from neighbour's home

A WOMAN stole eight doors from inside her neighbour's home in Antrim town.

Margaret Lynch (39), of Firmount Drive, Antrim town, admitted burglary in relation to August 18 this year.

She also admitted possessing Diazepam on August 19.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, eight internal doors were stolen whilst a tenant was away and a rear door had been left unlocked.

The next day police attended the defendant's home regarding another matter and found the doors.

The defendant had three Diazepam tablets in her handbag.

Lynch admitted taking the doors.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said Lynch's neighbour was moving out.

He said damage had been caused to doors in Lynch's home over a period of time and the defendant decided to take the neighbour's doors and was intending to put her doors in their place ahead of the Housing Executive assessing the neighbour's property.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena: "It is not an easy thing to screw off a door and carry it out under your arm".

He said it was a "very unusual set of facts".

The judge said he would take into account the defendant's previous clear record and the fact the doors were recovered undamaged and gave the defendant a one year conditional discharge.

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