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Pregnant woman ordered to attend court on day before baby's due date

By George Jackson

Published 03/08/2016

The woman's solicitor said she was expected to give birth on Friday.
The woman's solicitor said she was expected to give birth on Friday.

A district Judge has ordered a pregnant woman to attend court on Friday - the day before she's 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 to 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 X-Box television and X-Box 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 District Judge that CCTV footage from within Strand Foyer showed the defendants entering a man's flat and removing the X-Box television along with X-Box games. She said all of the stolen items were later recovered.

A solicitor for the defendant 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 he wanted both women to appear in court on Friday to enter pleas to the charges they faced.

Both women were released on continuing bail until Friday.

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