Woman who came to Northern Ireland to 'start afresh' then attempted to steal £1,300 of goods from shops in one day

Woman who came to Northern Ireland to 'start afresh' then attempted to steal £1,300 of goods from shops in one day

A WOMAN who came to Northern Ireland to "start afresh" then attempted to steal £1,300 worth of goods from three shops in one day.

Toni Templeton (41), with an address at Forest Road in Garvagh, admitted three counts of theft relating to November 13 last year involving £584 at Asda in Antrim town; £359 at Lidl in Antrim and £354 at B&M in Ballymena.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates' Court the defendant left Asda "empty handed" after being challenged by staff. The goods were recovered and were fit for re-sale.

Her description was given to police and a short time later a female matching the description was located at Lidl.

She had a trolley of goods for which she couldn't provide proof of payment.  The goods were fit for resale.

At B&M a trolley was pushed out with no attempt made to pay and when approached by staff and asked to return goods which were inside a car the vehicle had driven off.

The court heard the defendant had an "appalling" record including "dishonesty offences" when she was given a 30 months jail term at Leicester Crown Court in 2014.

The lawyer said the defendant had relatives in Northern Ireland and came here to "start afresh".

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he would give the defendant "one last chance" and as she was deemed not suitable for Probation or Community Service he handed down a six months sentence, suspended for three years.

He also ordered her to pay £354 compensation to B&M.