A HEROIN user who moved to Ballymena from Enniskillen to make a “fresh start” following the death of his girlfriend from an “overdose”, was caught with the Class A drug after shoplifting.
Daniel Murphy (31), with an address listed as The Traveller’s Rest at Galgorm Road in Ballymena, appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court via video link from Maghaberry Prison on Thursday and admitted charges of stealing earphones worth £52 from TK Maxx and possession of heroin last month.
He also admitted making off without paying a £22.20 taxi fare after getting out at Hope Street in Ballymena at 3.50 in the morning last August when he told the driver he was away to get money but failed to return.
On the afternoon of December 11 last year police received a report from CCTV operators regarding a theft from TK Maxx in Ballymena and a Town Warden then intercepted the defendant and another male before they made off.
The defendant was spoken to the next day by police and he was in possession of a syringe containing heroin.
A defence solicitor said the defendant’s girlfriend died of an “overdose” and the defendant had moved to Ballymena to make a “fresh start”.
In December last year he had been “dabbling” in heroin, the court heard.
The defendant, who had 28 previous convictions, was in breach of a relevant sentence and was jailed for four months by District Judge Nigel Broderick.