Stole £800 of goods in shop

A Polish woman who stole over £800 of goods from a Derry shop has received a suspended jail term.

Madalena Pocielej, who has an address in Ballymena, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft on August 6.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that a staff member from the store identified a number of items that had been stolen by the 34-year-old worth a total of £833.

These included bracelets, necklaces, watches and other items of jewellery.

A defence solicitor told the court his client is a “chronic alcoholic” who has been living in Northern Ireland for the last seven years.

He said she is currently living in a homeless shelter and would not be suitable for probation because of her addiction.

The solicitor added that the majority of the good stolen by Pocielej were fit for re-sale.

Suspending a six month jail term for two years, District Judge Barney McElholm also ordered Pocielej to pay £25 compensation to the injured party.