Sentence for possession of criminal property

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A 34-year-old woman has received a six month sentence, suspended for two years after pleading guilty to the possession of criminal property.

The court heard that Leanne Barber with an address at Rosemount Cottages was travelling in a car with two men co-accused in the case, brothers Glen and Stephen Smith when police halted the vehicle. One of the men was seen to pass something to Barbour and on examination it was found that it was two handbags which between them contained in excess of 3,000 Euro.

Barbour was arrested at the scene and it was noted in Court that she made no comment during questioning by the PSNI.

Counsel for the defendant, barrister Eoghan Devlin in mitigation told the court that Barbour’s co-accused have “much lengthier records” than her.

Both men are currently in custody in the Republic of Ireland facing other charges.

The Court also heard that Barbour had engaged in criminal activity in order to fund a drugs habit but in recent times had made strong progess in addressing this.

Passing sentence, Crown Court Judge Philip Babington told Barbour “I am not going to send you straight to prison, but you know that when you got into that car you were getting into trouble.”

Judge babington gave the defendant a six month sentence, suspended for a two year period and warned the guilty party that if she re-offended in any way during that time she would go to prison.