Portadown couple stole friend’s credit card and used it at Disney store – Armagh I


A Portadown couple received suspended sentences after using a friend’s stolen credit card at a Disney store.

Emily Jane Livingstone, 21, and Luke Muir, 22, both at the same address on the Tandragee Road, appeared before Craigavon ​​Magistrates’ Court Wednesday.

Livingstone was charged with theft and fraud by misrepresentation, while Muir was charged only with fraud by misrepresentation.

The court heard that on May 16 last year, police received a report from the injured party, who claimed that her purse had been stolen and one of her Danske Bank credit cards had been used without his permission.

The first time, Muir had attempted to use the card at a Danske Bank ATM in Portadown. The PIN code was entered incorrectly and the transaction was cancelled.

The card was then used twice at the Disney store in Belfast. The contactless payment was used by the card to make two purchases, with the two transactions totaling £21 each.

Police obtained CCTV footage and identified the two suspects. The suspects were later identified by the victim. They were both arrested on September 10, 2021.

During the interview, Muir admitted to trying to withdraw money using the card at the ATM, and Livingstone admitted to using the card to make purchases at the Belfast Disney store on May 9.

A claim for a compensation order was made, totaling £105 – £22 for the handbag, £30 cash in the handbag, £10 euros and £43 for purchases from the Disney store.

Defense attorney Aaron Thompson, speaking on Muir’s behalf, said: ‘He is in a relationship with his partner and co-defendant. They got involved in a stupid, opportunistic way and neither had a record.

He said Muir had a “desire to stop” and knew he was “doing something wrong”. He added that “they stopped relatively quickly”.

Additionally, he said Muir had a “good work history” and was about to start a new full-time job in a warehouse.

These sentiments were echoed by Livingstone’s defence, who said: “She is Nope registration. She is assessed as a down probability of recidivism and is remorseful for his behaviour.”

The presiding officer, Assistant District Judge Kennedy, addressing Livingstone in court, said, “The victim of that offense was a friend of yours, wasn’t he? And she left her purse in your car?

“It was a particularly nasty offense. You knew very well that was your friend’s purse. You decided, despite this, to try to withdraw money from his account.

“Hasn’t it occurred to you that that was very mean to do to a friend?” He asked.

To which Livingstone replied, “I was fully aware that it was mean.”

Justice Kennedy added that the crime was a “very nasty offense, notably given this has been a friend of yours and this you, Muir, went on with the company.”

To this end he imposed a sentence of three months in prison, suspended for two years, on both Muir and Livingstone.

An order for compensation of £105 for the injured party was also made, £55 against Livingstone and £50 against Muir.

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