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Salvation Army shoplifter given chance to turn life around

By Nevin Farrell

A shoplifter who stole from a Salvation Army store she had been banned from entering has had her sentence deferred to see if she can "turn a corner" in her life.

Louise Pewtner (45), from Henry Street in Ballymena, took clothing worth £17.50 from the outlet on March 28 earlier this year.

The goods were recovered and found fit for re-sale.

After she was arrested by the police, the defendant made full admissions regarding the theft, a prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates' Court.

On the same date, Pewtner also stole hair straighteners and hair extensions worth £109.49 from a Boots store.

She admitted causing criminal damage to a box containing the straighteners.

The defendant also took clothing worth £69 from Dunnes, where she had previously stolen clothes worth £26.

As part of previous bail conditions, Pewtner had been banned from the town's Tower Centre.

However, in April she breached that order by stealing a pillow worth £8 from a Primark.

District Judge Peter King said he would defer sentencing until September to see if the defendant could "turn a corner" in her life.

The judge said the reason for her offending was very clearly set out in a Probation Service report.

He also warned her that if she did not seek help, she would commit more crimes.

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