Theft charges leads to community service

Theft charges leads to community service

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A man’s behaviour has been labelled as “bizarre and reprehensible” after he pleaded guilty to two charges.

The case of Paul Haughian, (49), of Derrytrasna Road, Derrytrasna, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, October 13.

The court heard that on July 9 this year, the defendant entered Tesco in Lurgan with a device used to remove tags.

He used the device to remove the tags from two bottles of gin priced at £44.84 and he made off without paying.

When charged with theft and going equipped for theft, Haughian made full admissions to both offences.

In his defence, the court was told that this was “a crazy episode” by Haughian and that he was “very embarrassed and remorseful” by what happened. It was further explained that the defendant had lodged money to his solicitor to pay for the items that were stolen.

District Judge Greg McCourt told Haughian that he “behaved wrongly” and imposed 80 hours of community service for the two charges.

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