A 38-year-old woman stole a credit union book containing £40 in cash from the back pocket of a man in Lurgan library, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.
Sally Sarah Josephine Connors, Monbrief Walk, Lurgan, had admitted the theft at an earlier court sitting. The case had been adjourned for a pre-sentence report.
The court heard that on August 9 this year the injured party reported to police he had a credit union book with £40 in it stolen from his back pocket while he was in Lurgan library. CCTV showed the defendant lifting the item from his pocket.
When interviewed by police Connors made a full admission and co-operated with them. She handed back £10. She had a relevant record.
A solicitor representing the defendant said that she had £30 with her in court.
District Judge, Mrs Bernie Kelly, said Connors had a ‘horrendous record’ and there was only one penalty she could impose for what was ‘quite a mean offence’.
She sentenced the defendant to four months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered her to pay compensation.