Six months prison follows Tesco theft

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A man who shoplifted in order to support his heroin addiction, was sentenced to six months imprisonment at Derry Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Twenty seven year old Shaun Patrick Tracey, pleaded guilty to the theft of four bottles of alcohol, valued at £64.99, from Tesco’s, Strand Road store on November 5.

Tracey, of no fixed abode was detained by security staff as he attempted to leave the Quayside store. During police interview Tracey admitted stealing in order to finance his heroin addiction.

“My client instructs me he never committed a crime while sober,” said solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin.

“He has spent between eight and nine years in jail in total but can not now escape the fact that he has two suspended sentences hanging over his head.”

District Judge Barney McElhom imposed a three month sentence on each of the suspended sentences, both also imposed for theft, one to run concurrently, the other consecutively to a three month sentence imposed for the theft from Tesco, a combined total of six months.

Judge McElholm added: “I’m in difficulty as there is no treatment centre available to send him to.”