Woman addicted to legal highs stole candles


A woman who became addicted to ‘legal highs’ has been warned that if gets in any trouble over the next six months she will go to prison for five months.

Tracey Derby (36), Brookfield Avenue, Banbridge, admitted stealing Yankee candles and a gift set, total value £19.97, from Hallmark in the town on June 30 this year.

The local magistrates’ court heard last Thursday that she put the items into her handbag and left the store without paying for them.

Police went to her address and the goods were recovered and fit for re-sale.

A barrister representing Derby said she was in breach of a suspended sentence.

He explained that it was at the age of 32 she first came to police attention.

The barrister added that her mental health issues were further complicated when she became addicted to ‘legal highs’ and one synthetic drug called ‘trippy’.

Referring to a pre-sentence report he said she had been given probation but did not comply with the order and this was replaced by a suspended sentence.

District Judge, Mr Peter King, said that being in breach of a suspended sentence for failing to complete a probation order was ‘not a happy situation’.

The barrister said that since the offence she had been engaging fully with her GP and distanced herself from her so-called friends who introduced her to the ‘trippy’ drug.

Judge King said he was going to defer sentencing in the case until April 14 next year.

He warned Derby if there was any offending in the deferment period he would activate the suspended sentence and impose a consecutive two month term for this offence.

“You will be going to prison for five months,” the judge told the defendant.