Shoplifting was ‘just stupid nonsense’

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A woman guilty of four shoplifting offences told police it was ‘just stupid nonsense’ when she was arrested.

Marie Edmonds (61), Ardowen, Craigavon, appeared last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court. She admitted stealing ham valued at £2.50 on October 1 last year and three other offences which happened on October 15. These were the theft of cheese, valued at £2.35, a bra valued at £10 and a diffuser and Christmas items worth £6.64.

The court heard that on October 15 she was detected stealing cheese in Sainsbury’s and she was recognised as the person who stole ham on a previous occasion. A search of her carrier bags also revealed a bra she had taken from Dunnes and goods stolen from Home Bargains. When interviewed she said: “I admit it. I’m not lying. It’s just stupid nonsense.” A defending barrister said she suffered mental health issues. The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report.