‘Foolish’ woman stole £224 worth of goods from Tesco

Craigavon Courthouse.
Craigavon Courthouse.

A 30-year-old woman has been handed a 12-month conditional discharge after admitting stealing £244.56 of goods from Tesco.

Appearing at Craigavon Magistrates Court last Wednesday, Gemma Anne Benson of Drumilly Green in Portadown admitted stealing the goods on April 16.

The court heard that Benson left the store with a trolley load of goods without paying.

Deputy Judge Neil Rafferty asked what was in the trolley.

A lawyer told the court it contained a ‘mishmash’ of goods.

All goods recovered were fit for resale.

The court heard that Benson was a graduate of politics of Queen’s University and the mother of two children.

A lawyer said she had pyschological issues.

Judge Rafferty said, “There are professional shoplifters. You are not a professional shoplifter, it is quite clear.”

He said he didn’t regard probation as appropriate in this case. Benson was given 12 months’ conditional discharge.

Judge Rafferty said, “I think you have been very foolish.”