A nurse received a suspended prison sentence when she admitted stealing tablets from a patient at a sitting of Derry Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
Cheryl Brolly (54) originally from Scotland but with an address in Heather Park, Buncrana admitted three counts of shoplifting, stealing the tablets and obstructing police.
The court heard that on three occasions in August and September last year she was observed entering a local retail premises and taking good and leaving without paying.
When police went to the care home where she worked they recognised her as someone who had been arrested previously for a similar offence but she denied this.
When in custody Brolly was then seen to take some tablets and refused to spit them out when asked to do so by the police. A subsequent search revealed two more tablets on her person belonging to one of the patients in her care.
A defence solicitor Mr. John Fahy said that her conviction meant her career as a nurse was over. He said she wanted now to return to Scotland to look after her mother.
Brolly was sentenced to two month sin prison suspended for one year