A woman has been found guilty of theft after stealing £126 worth of merchandise.

On October 30, 2018 police were called to the Superdrug store in Erneside, Enniskillen where staff reported a theft on October 26.

CCTV was seized and viewed and the defendant, Margaret Carmel Reilly of Main Street, Lisnaskea and her son were identified. The court heard that CCTV showed Reilly’s son lift two Paco Rabanne gift sets, remove the plastic and put the bottles in the trolley. He then proceeds to put another fragrance in the trolley. 42-year-old Margaret Reilly then left the store and made no attempt to return the items. Reilly said she had no knowledge of the stolen items and said her son was difficult to control when out and she accepted that he made no attempt to return the stolen items.

Steffan Rafferty, representing Reilly, told the court that his client was currently completing a nine month probation order and that the sentencing was deferred in this case to see how she was getting on so as to determine the appropriate disposal.

Mr. Rafferty said his client was engaging well and so far the probation order was having a positive and beneficial effect on her. He continued saying his client appreciated the impact of this particular type of wrongdoing and she showed remorse and accepted responsibility. Mr. Rafferty asked for the progress made so far not to be interfered with.

District Judge Michael Ranaghan said the most aggravating factor was that her son was involved. However after listening to all that was said and the ongoing compliance with probation he would give Reilly the opportunity to complete the order.

He sentenced her to one year probation and ordered her to pay compensation of £126 and a fine of £150.