A man who was under the influence of a “cocktail” of drink and drugs stole items including an iPod from a car belonging to a staff member at Ballymena’s Lighthouse hostel in a “particularly mean-spirited” offence, the town’s Magistrates Court heard on Thursday.
James Gordon (29), whose address was given as Newtownhamilton in County Armagh, was in the dock for sentencing on charges of theft and interfering with a vehicle.
On December 5 last year the defendant took an iPod, USB stick, power cable and a sum of cash from a woman’s car.
The incident was captured on CCTV and the defendant made a full admission and all stolen items were returned.
Defence barrister Stephen Law said it was a “particularly mean-spirited offence” but that the defendant did not know the vehicle belonged to a Lighthouse hostel staff member.
He had been under the influence of a “cocktail” of drugs and drink and had saw an opportunity to steal from a car, the lawyer said.
The court heard the defendant is now off drugs and working as a stonemason and in a stable relationship.
Deputy District Judge Brian Archer deferred sentencing for six months and warned the defendant not to “waste” the opportunity or he could end up going to jail.