Heroin addict stole to feed her habit, court told

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Symbol of law and justice in the empty courtroom, law and justice concept.

A woman who stole to fund her heroin addiction was given 200 hours community service last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Juliana Szombatiova (27), Clonavon Avenue, Portadown, appeared in court via videolink.

She admitted stealing two pairs of jeans worth £49.98 from TK Maxx on September 5 last year.

She also pleaded guilty to the theft of jeans valued at £69.99 from DV8 on October 17 last year and going equipped for theft with a pair of pliers.

She admitted stealing two bottles of perfume and two bottles of aftershave, valued at £144, from Asda on May 4 this year and going equipped to steal.

On September 5 last year police were sent to Avondale Manor after a shoplifter had been pursued on foot by a loss prevention officer.

They arrested the defendant for the theft of jeans from TK Maxx.

On October 17 last year police went to Lisburn train station after a couple had left Bow Street Mall with two shopping bags.

Stolen items were found on the defendant and pliers were in her handbag.

On May 4 at 4pm at Asda in Portadown a staff member saw a female carrying a large bag and he followed her outside.

She started to run off and when she was challenged dropped the bag which contained perfume and aftershave. The bag was foil lined.

Her barrister said she had an addiction to heroin.