Derry Court: ‘Recidivist’ banned from city centre

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A ‘recidivist offender’ has been banned from entering the city’s shopping centres as part of his bail conditions.

Patrick Fullerton, of Leafair Park, faces on charge of theft on December 2.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations that the 38-year-old, who has 171 previous convictions, stole socks worth £24 from Marks and Spencer.

CCTV footage of the theft was played to Fullerton during police interview and he admitted it was him.

The socks were recovered and fit for resale.

An investigating officer told the court Fullerton has issues with substance abuse and he remembers nothing about the alleged theft because of diazepam intoxication.

Defence solicitor Kevin Casey said it was unlikely the case would trouble the court.

He added that is ‘appears to be a case of socks and Christmas’ and said it was ‘foolish beyond belief’.

Mr Casey said his client would adhere to any bail conditions imposed because if he breached them it would be ‘Christmas dinner on a tray’.

Granting bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘I am not going to jail him in any event for stealing a couple of pair of socks’.

The 38-year-old was released on his own bail of £500 and banned him from entering Foyleside, the Richmond Centre and Austins.

Fullerton is also banned from consuming non-prescribed drugs.

He will appear in court again on January 7.