A BRIDE-TO-BE involved in burgling a pal’s house has had her curfew lifted so she can stay out late on her wedding day.
Nichola Crombie, who was yesterday electronically tagged for six months following the break-in at the home of the godmother to her three-year-old son – is also allowed to stay out after her 8pm deadline tonight to enjoy her hen do.
The 31-year-old had been ordered to be under house arrest every night between 8pm and 7am as part of a suspended sentence for the raid at Lorraine Anderson’s home.
But her barrister Jamie Adams asked a judge yesterday: “May the curfew be lifted for the day she gets married, June 25?”
He added: “Please could the curfew also be lifted for the hen night, that has been booked for tomorrow and has been booked for ages.”
Judge Wood agreed to lift the requirements of the curfew for the two specified nights.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Crombie, of Rochdale Road, Red House, conned Mrs Anderson into revealing the alarm code for her home in nearby Reading Road.
Later, two people – who have not been brought to justice – broke in while the family was away, in April last year.
Crombie was facing jail for the raid. But after Mrs Anderson wrote to the court pleading for mercy for her friend, Judge Wood suspended the 12-month prison sentence for 18 months.
The judge told Crombie: “What is exceptional about this case is that your friend Lorraine Anderson has written to this court and asked you should not be sent to prison. You have her to thank for that.
“It was a particularly mean and nasty offence because Mrs Anderson had told you she was going away and told you that because she trusted you as a friend.”
Mr Adams said Crombie and Mrs Anderson reconciled after what happened, and now see each other every day.
“It has not been forgotten,” he added. “But she has been forgiven for this.
“Mrs Anderson is obviously an amazing woman to be able to deal with things in the way she has done.”
Mr Adams said despite her having a string of previous convictions, Crombie has never been to prison before and was “terrified” at the prospect.
“She is ashamed of what she allowed herself to do,” he said.
“The burden of the case has been an enormous stress, and the trauma of it has been heightened by the fact she and her partner are intending to marry on June 25.
“All of their intentions for the future have been very much on hold because of these proceedings have been in the background.
“It is highly unlikely she will appear before court again.”