Teen who tried to snatch bicycle which was pensioner’s ‘only method of transport’ is given four months jail term

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This is believed to be the alleyway in the centre of Ballymena where the defendant tried to steal a pensioner’s bicycle.

An 18-year-old Ballymena man has been given a four months custodial sentence after admitting offences including the attempted theft of a bicycle in the town centre which was described as a pensioner’s “only method of transport”.

Adam Watt, of Devenagh Way, tried to take the bike belonging to a 71-year-old woman from an alleyway near Cameron’s in October last year.

The bike was damaged during the incident.

In other incidents, the defendant also admitted handling stolen goods including Euro coins, an Xbox, prescription medication and a bicycle.

There had been burglaries at Granville Drive and Glenravel Park in Ballymena.

The court heard there was no evidence that Watt carried out the burglaries but that he claimed he “bought” the items from a friend.

Watt also admitted another charge of going equipped for theft by having a head torch and multi-tool after being stopped by police in Ballymena at 12.30am on October 23 last year.

The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court via video link from Hydebank Prison and defence barrister Aaron Thompson said Watt accepted that when he ‘purchased’ the items there was “something shady” about them.

The court was told the defendant had a “limited record”.

Jailing the defendant, District Judge Nigel Broderick said: “Clearly these are serious matters”.

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