Derry Court: Shoplifter jailed for four months

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A ‘thief’ who admitted a number of shoplifting offences has been jailed for four months.

Declan Kinsella, of Clooney Mews, admitted stealing almost £300 worth of razor blades from Boots on June 20 and going equipped for theft with three pairs of scissors and a bag.

The 24-year-old also admitted stealing fragrances worth £114 from Debenhams, football tops worth almost £70 from Sports Direct and a £10 watch from Argos in August.

He pleaded guilty to further charges of stealing a golf club from Cashmakers, food from a Waterside shop worth over £100 and stealing items from a car.

Most of the items were recovered and fit for resale.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client is a thief but ‘is not a criminal mastermind’.

He accepted Kinsella has an ‘appalling’ record for theft and told the court he has ‘issues in relation to drugs and alcohol’.

The solicitor said the 24-year-old is currently serving a custodial sentence and urged the court not to interfere with his release date of April.

Jailing Kinsella, District Judge Barney McElholm made the sentence consecutive to the one currently being served.

He said the 24-year-old had been on ‘something of a crime spree’ since last year.