Man was in shop getting mobile phone fixed and then made off with speakers

A MAN getting a mobile phone fixed at an O2 shop then stole a set of speakers worth £79.99.

Patrick McGothigan (31), of Fogarty Crescent, Ballycastle committed the theft offence on August 7 this year in Coleraine, Coleraine Magistrates Court heard.

The defendant told the court: “Accidentally guilty but guilty”.

Defence barrister Alan Stewart said his client was “no stranger to the court” but had “managed to get himself on the straight and narrow”.

District Judge Peter King said the defendant had a “weighty record” in terms of theft but there had been gaps in offending.

McGothigan was fined £250 and also has to pay compensation of £79.99.

Meanwhile, the defendant has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a male on August 27 this year.

That case was adjourned to November and as part of £500 bail conditions the defendant is not to have contact with a number of individuals.

Before McGothigan’s case a number of legal representatives had welcomed Judge King to the court where has now been formally made the District Judge.

McGothigan also said he wished to welcome Judge King in his new “full time” capacity.

The judge replied: “You and I are no strangers”.

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