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A "persistent offender" with over 200 convictions on her criminal record has been handed a six-month sentence for shoplifting

A "persistent offender" with over 200 convictions on her criminal record has been handed a six-month sentence for shoplifting

A "persistent offender" with over 200 convictions on her criminal record has been handed a six-month sentence for shoplifting

A "persistent offender" with over 200 convictions on her criminal record has been handed a six-month sentence for shoplifting.

Belfast Crown Court heard that while on remand in Hydebank, Rosaleen Mary Bradley has been baking goods for NHS workers.

Bradley, from Cliftonville Road in Belfast, appeared at Belfast Crown Court via video-link, where she admitted stealing just under £400 worth of items from two chemists in the city.

As well as pleading guilty to the theft charges, the 36-year old also admitted damaging a cosmetics set.

Judge Roseanne McCormick QC outlined the case against Bradley, and said that on September 24 last year, she entered Chemist Connect on Belfast's High Street, where she concealed two makeup sets up her jacket.

She lifted a third cosmetics set, damaged the security seal, then put it back on the shelf.

Bradley left the shop without paying for the two sets which were valued at £59.90, and police were able to identify her from CCTV footage.

This occurred less than a week after Bradley had been released from custody for previous criminality.

On October 25, 2019 Bradley targeted Dundela Pharmacy on the Belmont Road, where she lifted items and was pursued outside by a member of staff.

She handed over a bottle of Chanel perfume valued at £118 and said that was the only thing she had taken. However, when CCTV footage was viewed, it emerged she took three bottles and only handed one back.

The perfume she stole amounted to £303 and she was arrested four days later.

During sentencing, Judge McCormick said she noted Bradley had a gambling addition, a long-standing addiction to drugs and a "lengthy criminal record" consisting of 202 previous convictions.

The judge said: "You are a persistent offender, and whilst the value of items was comparatively modest, such persistent conduct does have a significant impact on shops and other outlets."

Belfast Telegraph