Judge notes defendants ‘dreadful catalogue’ of offences

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A Waterside man who admitted a ‘dreadful catalogue of offending,’ including stealing sex toys, has been ordered to spend two years on probation.

Aaron David Millar, of Barnewall Place, pleaded guilty to stealing lubricant and a vibrating ring from Boots Chemist in July 2014.

The 21-year-old admitted further charges of disorderly behaviour, criminal damage, assaulting police and possessing drugs between January and July this year.

In total, Millar appeared on eight separate charge sheets and pleaded guilty to a total of 13 offences.

Derry Magistrates Court was told the first offence related to theft of sex toys worth £10 from Boots. Millar was identified stealing the items on CCTV.

In April this year, he was arrested again for disorderly behaviour on the Strand Road. He also assaulted a police officer and was found in possession of nine grams of cannabis.

The following month, Millar was arrested again for breach of bail and when he was searched a small quantity of the class B drug was found in his possession.

The 21-year-old admitted being disorderly outside his mother’s home and damaging a letterbox at the property. His mother was left scared as a result of the incident.

It was revealed while he was in a police cell, Millar ‘defecated extensively’ and smeared it over the cell and a camera. He did this a further three times while in custody over the weekend.

The court heard this caused ‘significant disruption’ to the police and left cells ‘out of commission’. Millar also admitted making phone calls to police in which he claimed he was suicidal.

He then made further calls claiming he had assaulted and raped his girlfriend. During police interview, he accepted making the calls and claimed he continued to make them because ‘police were taking their time to get to him’.

Whilst he was in custody the 21-year-old became agitated and ‘dug his fingernails’ into a custody officer’s arm causing four scrapes. Defence Counsel Steven Mooney said his client had suffered a ‘very, very significant deterioration in his mental health’ throughout this year.

He added that the 21-year-old ‘rightly deserves punishment for his behaviour’ but also needs help.

The barrister said this could be the ‘last chance to save this defendant from the revolving door of going in and out of prison’.Imposing the probation order, Deputy District Judge Terence Dunlop said this was a ‘dreadful catalogue of offending’ for which Millar ‘needs to take personal responsibility’.