Woman tells judge she is staying away from people of 'bad influence'

Woman tells judge she is staying away from people of 'bad influence'

A JUDGE asked a woman who has admitted shoplifting offences if she is staying away from people whom he described as being a "bad influence" on her and she told the court she has been.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking to Louise Browne at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.

The 32-year-old defendant, with an address listed on the charge sheets as a flat at High Street in Ballymena, admitted stealing goods worth £66 from Home Bargains, Ballyclare, on July 2, 2020, and £50 worth of groceries from Asda in Antrim town on August 28 last year.

The judge said the offences pre-dated Community Service and Probation the defendant was recently given for other offences.

A defence barrister said the defendant had a "bad record" and added: "Miss Browne will be very familiar to Your Worship".

He said the offences before the court pre-dated the imposition of a sentence of imprisonment.

The judge asked the defendant if she was "staying away from those people who were a bad influence" and she replied "Yes".

Judge Broderick added: "Make sure you do that now" and she responded: "I will".

The defendant was ordered to do 100 hours of Community Service and pay compensation of £106 for the stolen goods.