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Woman who allegedly urinated in Primark changing rooms `committed to remaining sober'

The former bank employee allegedly urinated in Primark changing rooms on New Year's Eve. Picture by Cliff Donaldson

A former bank employee who allegedly urinated in Primark changing rooms must remain sober for the next nine months, a judge has ordered.

Karen O'Brien (51) of Lenadoon Avenue in west Belfast, was convicted of disorderly behaviour and resisting police at the city centre store on New Year's Eve.

Further charges of assaulting an obstructing a PSNI constable were withdrawn.

Ms O'Brien, appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court to have that case and separate allegations of common assault and witness intimidation dealt with, but District Judge Fiona Bagnall decided to defer sentencing until November - warning that further offences could result in imprisonment.

"She must engage with probation, she must stay sober, and she must not re-offend," she said.

Defence barrister Luke Curran today set out for the court her struggle with alcohol addiction and domestic issues.

He said she had kept off drink for three years, but suffered a setback with a bereavement in 2018.

"She has been sober now for coming up on two months and she is committed to remaining sober," Mr Curran added.

She was told to return to court on November 18.

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