Man with 100 convictions who stole £1,000 of perfume from a Ballymena shop gets suspended jail term

A man with 100 convictions who admitted stealing £1,070 worth of perfume from Boots in Ballymena has been given a five months jail term, suspended for a year.

Christopher Jordan (32), whose address was given as Stratheden Street in Belfast, committed theft on January 26 this year.

He also admitted having a foil lined bag for use in theft.

Ballymena Magistrates Court, on Thursday, heard the goods were recovered and fit for re-sale.

Defence barrister was Amy Campbell said the crime was one of “desperation” because the defendant was in “extreme financial hardship”.

The court heard the Jordan has a daughter and is also a carer for his father.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had a very lengthy record but the last entry of relevance was eight or nine years ago.

He said that was possibly why Probation took the view he was a “low risk” of re-offending.

The judge said the theft was clearly premeditated as Jordan had brought a foil-lined bag with him.

Judge Broderick said he was handing down a suspended sentence to act as an incentive for the defendant to stay out of trouble.

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