A Ballymena man who, according to his lawyer, stole meat worth £65 to sell on to get money to feed his drug addiction has been given an eight months jail term.
Adrian Erwin (40), with addresses given on different charge sheets as Wakehurst Court and Galgorm Road, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court.
He pleaded guilty to charges of theft – which related to an incident in March this year at Phoenix Service Station in Ballymena – and possession of heroin in May.
In relation to the May date he had previously pleaded not guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin and at court on Thursday that charge was dismissed.
Defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant was “caught in a spiral of addiction” which he was going to have to address “or it will address him in certain regards”.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said Erwin presented as an “unfortunate individual” with a clear addiction who did not seem to want to attempt to tackle his problems.
He said he was in breach of a suspended sentence and the only option was custody.
The defendant was released on £500 bail pending appeal.