Stole brandy ‘to keep family’s head above water’ - court told

Craigavon Courthouse.
Craigavon Courthouse.

A woman who stole three bottles of brandy from Asda was given 120 hours of community service last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Jolita Draskiene (38), whose address was given to the court as Hillcrest Manor, Craigavon, admitted the theft which happened on April 8 last year.

The court heard that on April 10 staff at Asda reported to police that three bottles of brandy, valued at £115, had been stolen two days earlier.

The defendant was identified from CCTV and admitted the offence.

She expressed remorse and offered to pay for the brandy.

A solicitor representing Draskiene said her marriage had broken down and she had suffered some ill health.

He added that she was not eligible for benefits and ‘in a financial storm’ she turned to theft to keep her family’s head above the water.

The solicitor said that a pre-sentence report showed there were other offences in Ballymena and Dungannon.

But, he added, she had now secured employment and in addition was eligible for benefits.