Tyne & Wear

Burglar Nichola Crombie's curfew lifted for hen night

A judge waived a burgling bride-to-be's curfew so she could go on her hen do and stay out late at her wedding.

Nichola Crombie, of Sunderland, admitted breaking into the home of her son's godmother, Lorraine Anderson.

The 31-year-old of Rochdale Road, Red House, was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months.

But Judge David Wood at Newcastle Crown Court lifted a night curfew so she could stay out late for her hen night on Wednesday, and her 25 June wedding.

Judge Wood, sentencing, said: "It was a particularly mean and nasty offence because the owner of the property, Mrs Anderson, had told you she was going away and told you that she trusted you as a friend.

"You have allowed that information to get into the hands of others you knew were likely to make bad use of it.

"As a result of that there was a burglary and you got some of the benefit of that."

'Booked for ages'

The court heard how Mrs Anderson's computer was later found in Crombie's home.

Judge Wood added: "What is exceptional about this is that your friend Lorraine Anderson has written to this court and asked that you should not be sent to prison and you have her to thank for that."

Jamie Adams, defending, asked Judge Wood to lift the 2000 to 0700 BST curfew to accommodate the hen night on Wednesday as it had been "booked for ages."

Mr Adams said: "The burden of the case has been an enormous stress and the trauma heightened by the fact she and her partner are intending to marry on June 25."

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