A 49-year-old Derry woman who was barred from entering the Primark store in the city walked out with a stolen handbag when she was asked to leave the store, a court has heard.

Maureen Cooke, of Brisland Road in Eglinton, appeared at Derry Magistrates Court on Monday where admitted a charge of burglary that occurred on August 6.

The court was told the reason the defendant faced a charge of burglary was due to the fact she was barred from entering the shop.

A representative from the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) told the court a security guard recognised the defendant in the shop and knew that she had been banned from entering the premises.

The court was told that the security guard asked Cooke to leave and she left with a handbag under her own.

Defence solicitor Tom McClafferty said his client was prohibited from entering the shop as part of her bail conditions.

He said the defendant was at the till with a range of items when she was asked to leave, and she walked out with the bag and claimed she was too scared to go back in.

Cooke was given a three-month sentence, suspended for two years, for the offence.

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