Woman receives a six-month suspended jail term for theft of goods worth £1,200

A woman who stole over £1,200 worth of household items from a house she was renting was given a six-month suspended jail term at Londonderry Magistrates Court.

Wendy Lorraine Doonan (45), of Sheskin Gardens, admitted theft from a dwelling at Bonds Hill between February and July, last year. The Court was told the household and electrical goods were worth £1,222 and when Doonan moved into the address she signed an inventory of items that belonged to the landlord and were to remain there.

After Doonan moved out without notice, the landlord discovered things were missing and in interview she told police that the landlord gave her permission to throw things away or to donate them to charity. She admitted that she kept some of the items herself but these had now been returned.

Nicola Rountree, defending, said her client had a sense of ownership over items that she should not have had.

Suspending a six month jail term for two years, District Judge Barney McElholm also ordered her to pay £1,000 compensation.