A JUDGE said although it was not a “court of morals” Dale McKee knew what he had done and had not pleaded guilty and only admitted offences when forensics put him at the scene.
District Judge Nigel Broderick, speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court, said the defendant would therefore lose credit for a late plea.
The defendant has admitted burglary of a dwelling with intent to steal at Parkside Rise in Ballymena and causing damage to guttering on June 4 this year.
He also admitted the theft of meat worth £150 from Spar on the Grove Road in Ballymena on April 19 this year.
The court heard the defendant, with an address in the Chichester Park area of the town, had been released from prison in the last number of weeks.
The case has been adjourned to November for a pre-sentence report.