Man who split up with partner then stole large amount of alcohol after feeling ‘life had very little to offer’

A MAN who “felt life had very little to offer” after splitting up with his partner launched a “hare-brained” idea to steal a large amount of alcohol the Co-op at Broughshane Street in Ballymena.

Daniel Fiedorwicz (37), originally of Prospect Place in Ballymena but now with an address listed as Fisherwick Gardens in the town, is jointly charged with another man – whose case has still to be finalised.

The theft involved alcohol worth £140 and drink taken included Jack Daniel’s, Black Bush and Stella.

Police were shown CCTV images of the incident on July 30 this year and when they were called to an address in Ballymena in relation to another matter they recognised the defendant.

During an interview the defendant said he was embarrassed at what he had done and apologised.

Defence solicitor Archie McCormick said the defendant has been in Northern Ireland for ten years and after he and his partner broke up he “felt life had very little to offer”.

He said the “hare-brained” theft was always going to fail.

The lawyer said the defendant, a factory worker, is now starting to “turn his life around”.

The defendant was fined £250.

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