Belfast Telegraph

Belfast woman breached curfew searching for lost kitten

By Chris Woodhouse

A leading lawyer slammed the PSNI for having a “Scrooge-like” attitude after charging a woman for breaching her curfew because she was searching for a lost kitten.

Joe Rice told Belfast Magistrates’ Court yesterday that his client Marlene Morrison was trying to find the missing cat in her garden.

The pet was due to be a Christmas present for Morrison’s son.

He said the search for the kitten caused her to miss her curfew time by 16 minutes.

Mr Rice added “there’s very little Christmas cheer today in this court”.

A prosecution solicitor said there were no objections to her being released on the same bail terms of £400 and being in her house by 9pm each night.

District Judge Amanda Henderson granted Morrison (35) bail on her original charges of theft and common assault.

As Morrison, of Global Crescent in east Belfast, was being taken from the dock she thanked the judge wished her a “Merry Christmas”.

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