A MAN caught shoplifting in Ballymena has “turned his life around and is moving in the right direction,” according to defence solicitor John McAtamney.
Conor McGill (28), of Ballymoney Road, Ballymena, stole around £30 worth of items he placed in a binliner at the Iceland store in the town last September before paying for a packet of sausages.
Meanwhile, in July this year Ballymena Magistrate Court heard the defendant was “detained” at Sports Direct in the Tower Centre where he had concealed a £13 T-shirt in his trousers.
The court was told the defendant previously had issues with drugs and gambling but was “not a prolific shoplifter” and the Iceland and Sports Direct thefts were “low-level” offences.
The court was told the defendant has stopped all gambling; “turned his life around and is moving in the right direction”.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said he would give the defendant a “last chance” and suspended a four months jail term for one year.