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'Brilliant mother' given suspended sentence for theft of curtains and clothes

Amanda Harvey (29) stole from branches of Harry Corry, Next and Home Bargains

A "brilliant mother" who stole more than £1,000 worth of curtains and clothes from stores in the greater Belfast area has been handed a seven-month suspended jail sentence.

Amanda Harvey (29) carried out separate raids on branches of Harry Corry, Next and Home Bargains, the city's magistrates court heard yesterday.

She has been ordered to pay nearly £1,300 for the goods taken.

Harvey, of Battenberg Street in Belfast, was convicted of three thefts committed between January and May 2017.

The court was told she took curtains valued at £613 from a Harry Corry store, and £600 in clothing from the Next store at the Abbeycentre.

Household items worth £80.64 were also taken from Home Bargains.

Harvey's lawyer said she had fallen in with a bad crowd.

"It was under their influence... that she committed all of the thefts."

District Judge Fiona Bagnall was also told the defendant has been assessed as a first-rate parent to her children.

"The opinion is that she is a brilliant mother," her lawyer added.

Mrs Bagnall suspended the jail term for two years and gave Harvey 26 weeks to pay the compensation to the retailers.

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