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Rachel Doran outside court. Photo: Pat Hurst/PA Wire

Rachel Doran outside court. Photo: Pat Hurst/PA Wire

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Rachel Doran outside court. Photo: Pat Hurst/PA Wire

A bride-to-be who left her fiancé's stag party in the lurch at the airport has been given a suspended sentence for theft and fraud after pocketing the £11,160 (€12,950) kitty for their trip to Spain.

Rachel Doran (32) kissed and waved off Chris Mahone from the home they shared as he and 30 friends set out for Ibiza, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

But when they left their local pub in Cleator Moor, Cumbria, and got to the airport they discovered there were no flight or hotel bookings and Doran, who had collected the money, had forged the Jet2.com booking confirmation form, stealing the £360 (€418) each paid by the groom and his friends for a three-day trip.

Doran yesterday pleaded guilty to theft of the money and fraud by forging the flight details.

The trip in September 2017 was 10 days before they were due to be married.

The court heard Doran suffered three miscarriages in the period leading up to the stag do, and this may have affected her mental health and behaviour. She was given a 15-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

Doran, who now has a new partner and works in a factory, was also sentenced to 240 hours' unpaid community work and 20 rehabilitation activity days. She must also pay £3,600 compensation to be shared by the stag party.

Passing sentence, Judge Nicholas Barker told her: "On the face of it you have acted in a deceitful and callous way.

"You must have known the theft would be found out and the world would come falling down around you. You did all this at a time you were preparing for your marriage."

Earlier Gerard Rogerson, prosecuting, told the court Mr Mahone tried to ring Doran from the airport but she did not answer. She rang back later "wanting to talk" but was told to "leave him alone and he wanted nothing to do with her".

Mr Rogerson added: "He then received a text stating, erroneously, she was pregnant."

In a victim impact statement, Mr Mahone said: "The whole experience has left me embarrassed. I trusted her, I loved her at the time."

Irish Independent