Woman put magnet on side of meter


A 43-year-old woman was warned to stay out of trouble for the next six months if she wanted to avoid a prison sentence.

Sheena McCartney, Drumellan Walk, Craigavon, appeared in the dock last Wednesday at Craigavon Court.

She faced charges of possession of a class A drug, cocaine, possession of a class B drug, cannabis; and preventing a meter from registering electricity.

The court heard that, on October 7, police went to McCartney’s home and found that a magnet had been attached to the meter to prevent it from recording.

A search also uncovered a quantity of cocaine and cannabis.

McCartney admitted possession of the drugs, claiming they were for her own personal use, and said she had placed the magnet on the side of the box to slow it down.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said there appeared to be a live suspended sentence on her record, in response to which, the barrister said the offence was of a different nature. He explained that this was a momentary lapse in dabbling with drugs and that she was not keen to do it again.

The lawyer said the money owed to the NIE had been paid.

Judge Bates deferred the sentence for six months until November 18.