Man stuffs meat in partners purse, she gets court fine

Ryan Ross
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Prince Edward Island provincial court

Angela Ella Jane Lannigan, 29, pleads guilty to stealing hot dogs, ground beef from No Frills in Stratford

A woman who didn't stop a man she was with from stashing hot dogs and ground beef in her purse to steal them from a grocery store was fined recently in provincial court.

Angela Ella Jane Lannigan, 29, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr where she pleaded guilty to stealing the meat from the No Frills in Stratford.

The court heard a security guard at the grocery store watched Lannigan and the man on camera as he put the meat in her purse.

The meat was worth $21.64 and was recovered.

Lannigan, who had no prior record, told police she wasn't happy about the man putting the meat in her purse, but she didn't take them out.

The man wasn't charged and walked away with a warning from police.

Orr told Lannigan she had the opportunity to avoid a charge by stopping the man.

"Here you are in court. They're not," Orr said.

She fined Lannigan $500 and ordered her to pay a $150 victim surcharge.

Geographic location: Stratford

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Recent comments

  • Ally
    February 08, 2016 - 09:34

    Is there any chance that this woman is a victim of domestic abuse? Thinking it's possible if she didn't want him to do it but was afraid to tell him to stop. If this woman did feel forced by the male, I hope she gets courage to leave him. The consequences of staying with only get worse. I speak from experience on this issue. I had a boyfriend who would put things in my bag too. Because he had a record and I didn't he would tell me that if I didn't he would go to jail and I wouldn't. He would try to guilt me. I truly hope this wasn't her situation.

  • Mike
    February 07, 2016 - 21:36

    What can you say, lady likes her meat.

  • crotchety
    February 07, 2016 - 21:13

    How is that fair that her name is in the paper, and she is charged, but he is not?

    • Hazel
      February 08, 2016 - 07:17

      My question exactly. If the situation had been reversed she probably would have been charged along with him. It is still a man's world in the courts in PEI.