Newry mum, who stole £443 of goods from The Range in Portadown, needed a new air fryer, Craigavon court is told

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A mother who stole £443 worth of goods from a Portadown store because her air fryer had broken, has been given a six-month suspended jail term.

Rosanna Mongan, aged 28, from Parkview Drive, Cloghoge, Newry, appeared before Craigavon Magistrates Court charged with theft.

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The court heard that on February 23 this year, police received a report from The Range in Portadown about the theft of goods worth £443.89.

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A staff member told police they were alerted when a female was spotted rushing out of the store with a trolley full of goods. During a review of CCTV footage, a man and woman entered the store and placed a number of items in the trolley including a digital air fryer valued at £119.99, a digital mini-oven valued at £99.99, two floor mats valued at £7.99 each, a cordless vacuum valued at £129.99, Fairy non-bio pods and Bold pods each valued at £12.99.

The male and female exited the store and made no attempt to pay. They were spotted putting the goods into a vehicle which was insured to the defendant.

When police searched her home and vehicle, only a mat was recovered.

Mongan’s lawyer raised an issue from the pre-sentence report in which the defendant appears to defend the theft saying it was for her children. District Judge Michael Ranaghan said: “That her air fryer was broken and rather than pay for a new one she simply nicked one.”

The other man appears not to have been made accountable, the court was told.

Mongan was sentenced to six months in jail suspended for a year and ordered to pay restitution of £443.89.