Man (37) with ‘drug addiction issues all his adult life’ caught shoplifting in Ballymena 

Ballymena Court

A BALLYMENA man with a “significant record” who was caught shoplifting in the town has been ordered to do 200 hours of Community Service.

Paul Millar (37), with an address given as Linenhall Street, stole a speaker worth £30 from B&M Bargains in Ballymena on July 10 and three days later he took a mug worth £8 from Sainsbury’s in the town.

He appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court where a prosecutor said Millar was stopped by a staff member who recovered the stolen goods from B&M Bargains before the defendant made off.

He was identified on CCTV.

The prosecutor said CCTV also showed the defendant removing the price sticker from a mug in Sainsbury’s before exiting without offering payment.

Defence solicitor was John McAtamney said Millar had “drug addiction issues all his adult life”.

Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne said they were “stupid” offences but in the context of his record they were “much more serious”.

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