Series of supermarket shoplifting raids was ‘cry for help’

Ballymena Court

A MAN who stole more than £1,400 worth of items including homeware goods in raids at Sainsbury’s and Tesco supermarkets had hit “rock bottom” and the offending was a “cry for help”, a defence solicitor told Ballymena Magistrates Court.

David Mawhinney (46), of Drumtara, Ballymena, has admitted five thefts relating to shoplifting raids in August when amounts taken included £316, £228, £465, £213 and £214.

The defendant appeared via video link from Maghaberry Prison on Thursday.

The defence lawyer said Mawhinney “suffers from an opiate addiction”.

The case was adjourned to to September 26 for a pre-sentence report.

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