A teenager who stole over £200 worth of aftershave from a city centre shop has been given a suspended sentence.
Patrick Stokes, of Barrs Lane, pleaded guilty to the theft of four bottles of aftershave on November 15, last year.
Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police on patrol in Foyleside Shopping Centre were informed that a man was acting suspiciously in Boots Chemists.
Officers searched Stokes but nothing was found.
The following day, CCTV was checked and staff reported that the 19-years-old had stolen four bottles of aftershave by placing them in a large bag.
During police interview, the defendant said he had been on a ‘lot of tablets’ and couldn’t remember what he had done with the aftershave after the left the shop.
The court heard the items, worth £235, have never been recovered.
Defence solicitor, Mr. Seamus Quigley said his client had an ‘appalling record’ and received a suspended sentence for a similar offence in January.
Suspending a four month sentence for 18 months, Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers also ordered Stokes to pay £235 compensation to Boots Chemists.