Northern Ireland

£15K bill for trial over £1.79 baby dummy theft

Image caption Lord Morrow has criticised the decision to prosecute the case

Almost £15,000 was spent on the trial of a woman who was cleared of stealing a £1.79 child's dummy.

The prosecution claimed that Barbora Batykova, 26, of Chapel Street, Cookstown stole a dummy while shopping at Tesco. A jury took 20 minutes to clear her.

At the time the decision to prosecute was described as "outrageous" although the PPS said it was "properly taken".

It has now emerged the case cost £14,960.

The breakdown of the figures came in answer to an assembly question from Lord Morrow who is chair of the NI justice committee.

The defence costs, including legal aid, came to £10,000 with the bill for interpreters, £959.

The Public Prosecution Service spent £1,000 on fees with PSNI costs coming to £358.

Jury expenses cost £409 while court and judiciary staff cost £1,874.