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Nurse who stole three bottles of dog shampoo 'too embarrassed' to go back and pay for them, court hears

By Alan Erwin

Published 02/09/2015

A nurse who stole three bottles of dog shampoo claimed she had been too embarrassed to go back and pay for them, a court heard today.

Caroline Wilson, 37, said she only realised the products were in her bag after leaving the pet store.

Fining her £400 for the theft from a branch of Jollyes, a judge warned she will be jailed if she steals again.

Wilson, of Elmwood Cottages in Newtownabbey, admitted taking the shampoo bottles valued at £18.49 on June 11.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard she left the store after buying other goods. She was arrested after police viewed CCTV footage.

Wilson's lawyer acknowledged the offence is likely to impact on her employment as a part-time domiciliary nurse.

The defendant claimed to have put the shampoo in her bag because it was too heavy to carry, only realising when she reached her car.

"She was embarrassed and concerned about the implications," her lawyer said.

Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer highlighted how the offence was committed within a year of being cautioned for a previous theft incident.

Expressing scepticism at Wilson's explanation for her actions, he told her: "I'm more inclined to think you deliberately put them in your bag, knowing full well you had no intention to pay for them.

Imposing the fine, he stressed: "If you're in court again you will be sent to prison."

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