Drug user shoplifted in Ballymena to fund his addiction

Ballymena Court

A DRUG user who shoplifted in Ballymena to fund his addiction has been jailed for four months.

Anthony Ramsey (32), of Slemish Drive in the town, took alcohol and soft drinks worth £60.50 from Co-op in Ballymena on September 15 this year.

A prosecutor said a staff member observed a male lift two bottles of soft drinks before running out of the store and CCTV then showed he had also taken four bottles of Captain Morgan’s rum.

On September 17 the defendant took aftershave worth £98 from Woodside Chemists in Ballymena.

A prosecutor said staff said the defendant was a regular at the chemist where he got prescriptions.

Ramsey was noted to be acting suspicously and when CCTV was checked it was noticed three bottles of aftershave were stolen.

On October 24 the defendant took clothing and jewellery worth £86 from TK Maxx in Ballymena.

Police saw Ramsey “stumbling” on the footpath. He had clothing and jewellery in his possession.

The defendant had to be taken to hospital “due to being under the influence of drugs”.

In August last year Ramsay became abusive in the presence of police and when handcuffed he struggled with an officer and had to be taken to the ground.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said the defendant became a drug user around the age of 15 and had a “disjointed lifestyle”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant: “Sadly it’s a cycle of drug addiction and criminal offending to fund that addiction”.

The judge added: “Until such times as you sort yourself out the cycle is going to continue.”

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