Caused £8,000 of damage to pound shop

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man who broke into a pound shop caused £8,000 worth of damage, a court has heard.

John Paul Harkin, of Milldale Crescent, pleaded guilty to burglary, theft and criminal damage.

The offences were committed between January 8 and 9, last year.

The 35-year-old was connected to the burglary after his wallet was found on teh roof of the store. His blood was also found on a safe inside Poundland.

Derry Crown Court heard that on January 8 Harkin went into Waterloo Street branch of Poundland and stole food items.

While he was there he asked a staff member about entrances to the store and if much money was held in it.

In the early hours of the following morning, the 35-year-old entered the shop through a door on the roof.

A CCTV camera was pulled down, the shop was ransacked and the safe was removed from the wall.

A total of £8,000 worth of damage was caused to the shop.

Traces of blood were found on the safe and these connected Harkin to the burglary.

His wallet was also found on the roof of a chemist, next to the pound shop.

During police interview Harkin said he was ‘out of his head’ and couldn’t remember the burglary.

Defence counsel Gordon Talbot said this was a ‘crime lacking any element of sophistication’.

Judge Phillip Babington adjourned sentencing until later this morning and Harkin was remanded in custody.