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Suspended sentence for Antrim woman Suzanne McCormick for £600 airport Duty Free shop theft


Suzanne McCormick from Dundrod at a previous court hearing. Pic: Mark Jamieson

Suzanne McCormick from Dundrod at a previous court hearing. Pic: Mark Jamieson

Suzanne McCormick from Dundrod at a previous court hearing. Pic: Mark Jamieson

An employee who took almost £600 of perfume and make-up from a duty free shop at Belfast International Airport has been handed a suspended jail term.

The court heard how the woman resigned from the job at the airport before finding another position in Belfast which she lost when her case was reported in the Press.

Suzanne McCormick (50), of Knockcairn Lodge in Dundrod, County Antrim, appeared at Antrim Magistrates' Court on Tuesday where she previously admitted the single count of theft she faces. She was given a three month jail term, suspended for one year.

On dates between July 19 and July 25 this year the defendant stole items worth £573.33 from Aelia Duty Free Shop.

A prosecutor told the previous court the defendant was an employee of the shop and the incident was being treated as a "breach of trust".

She was back in court on Tuesday where District Judge Oonagh Mullan considered a pre-sentence report.

A prosecutor said airport police were informed by the duty free store manager that the defendant was caught on CCTV stealing around 20 items.

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The camera images showed her carrying a large bag and when interviewed at Lisburn Police Station she confessed.

A defence lawyer said his client was "the sort of woman who shouldn't be before this court". He said she had poor health and had suffered a family bereavement and was suffering from depression.

He said McCormick was "deeply ashamed" at what she had done and resigned her position immediately. The lawyer said his client obtained a new job in Belfast but lost it when the theft case was reported in the media.

He said the items taken by McCormick at the airport were fit for re-sale

Judge Mullan said it seemed the defendant had kept the stolen items in the boot of her car and "never looked at them" and then took them back.

The judge said she could see the defendant was "distressed" by the matter and said although she was sure it was difficult for McCormick to understand what led her to commit the offence, it was a "breach of trust" matter.

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