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Pregnant woman must attend court, orders judge

By George Jackson

Published 04/08/2016

A judge has ordered a pregnant woman to attend court the day before she is due to give birth
A judge has ordered a pregnant woman to attend court the day before she is due to give birth

A judge has ordered a pregnant woman to attend court the day before she is due to give birth.

District Judge Paul Copeland made his ruling at Londonderry Magistrates Court and said he wanted the woman to come to court tomorrow and enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty to a burglary charge she faced.

The defendant, Elizabeth McMenamin (23) from Glenowen, is charged with entering as a trespasser a flat at Strand Foyer in Derry on May 10 of this year and stealing an Xbox television and Xbox games.

At the time of the alleged incident the defendant was a resident in Strand Foyer.

Her co-defendant, Siobhan Whelan (25) from Drummard Park, is charged with the same offence and with assaulting a police officer on the same date, also in Strand Foyer when she too was a resident there.

A police officer told the judge that CCTV footage from within Strand Foyer showed the defendants entering a man's flat and removing the Xbox television along with Xbox games.

The officer added that all of the stolen items were later recovered.

A solicitor for McMenamin asked for an adjournment in the case against his client.

"My client is heavily pregnant and she is due to give birth in three days' time", he said.

However, the district judge said that he wanted both women to appear in court tomorrow to enter pleas to the charges they faced.

Both women were then released on continuing bail until tomorrow.

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