Hazelbank man sentenced for 25 offences

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A man who committed 25 offences in the last year has received a seven month jail term.

Emmett Noel Smith, of Marianus Park, pleaded guilty to interfering with vehicles, theft, possessing drugs, burglary and handling stolen goods.

He admitted further charges of criminal damage, handling goods stolen in the Republic of Ireland and allowing himself to be carried.

All the offences were committed between July, last year and July this year.

Defence solicitor Kevin Casey told the court his client had been released on bail to live in Wales to get him away from negative peers.

He added that the 20-year-old had spent a considerable amount of time on remand and urged the court not to impose further custody.

District Judge Barney McElholm imposed a seven month sentence, with time already served. He also suspended a ten month sentence for three years, disqualified Smith from driving for a year and ordered him to pay £100 compensation.