Jail warning for woman on crutches

Laganside Court Building in Belfast City centre
Laganside Court Building in Belfast City centre

A disabled former occupational therapist stole nearly £400 worth of goods in a New Year’s Eve shoplifting spree, a court heard yesterday.

Christine Miller took clothes, cosmetics and candles from Marks & Spencer’s Newtownabbey branch during a trip to the sales on December 31, 2012.

The 56-year-old, of Lisnagat Road, Armoy, was fined £300 and warned she could be sent to jail for up to a fortnight if she doesn’t pay.

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates’ Court on crutches, she pleaded guilty to a single charge of theft.

The total value of items stolen amounted to £368.25.

Miller’s solicitor said: “She can’t explain why she has done this.”

The court was told Miller worked as an occupational therapist until her retirement eight years ago.

She now suffers from diabetes, severe mobility problems and depression.