Drunk man ‘petted’ stolen CCTV camera

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Derry Magistrates Court has heard how a 23 year old local man was so drunk when he tore a CCTV camera from outside a house in the Waterside that he was later seen putting the camera on the ground and ‘petting it’.

Peter Morrison of Heron Way was charged with theft of the camera, which was valued at £60 and criminal damage of the same.

The court was told that police were called to a house at Adelaide Avenue on April 11 last after the theft was reported by the householder.

The householder followed Morrison and police were able to detain and arrest him at Lisnagelvin Shopping Centre.

A defence solicitor acting for Morrison said his client was highy intoxicated at the time of the theft, describing it as a “highly opportunistic”.

“He saw the camera and thought he would have a bit of fun,” the solicitor said, using the example of Morrison petting the camera as an indicator of his client’s frame of mind at the time of the offence.

He said Morrison had felt great shame and remorse about his “bizarre behaviour”.

Morrison was fined £180 and ordered to pay £120 compensation to the CCTV camera owner.