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Electricity fraudster hits out at sentence

A thief who admitted fraudulently extracting more than £1,800 worth of electricity from her Northern Ireland Electricity meter has criticised a judge for giving her a suspended sentence for the offence.

Teresa Rushe (48), from Southend Park in Derry, admitted the offence between February 2009 and February 2012.

She has previous convictions for dishonesty offences.

At the Magistrates’ Court in Derry, District Judge Barney McElholm said that the excuse Rushe had given to the probation service for her offending “is quite ludicrous”.

He imposed a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for three years, fined her £500 and said if she reoffended within the next three years she would go to jail.

But then Rushe told the District Judge “I think you are giving me a bit too much, it is unfair”.

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