Judge tells 24-year-old: ‘I don’t want to see you again’

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

A judge has told a man who admitted theft and driving offences ‘I don’t want to see you again’.

District Judge Peter Magill made the comment as 24-year-old Thomas Stokes appeared at Derry Magistrates Court.

Stokes, of Cornshell Fields, pleaded guilty to the theft of a TV, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance.

The offences were committed between December 2012 and December 2013.

The court heard that the 24-year-old and his wife went into B & M Bargains and stole a TV and DVD player, worth £119. Police attempted to question Stokes, however he had gone to live in England.

In November and December 2013, an off-duty police officer saw Stokes driving a car on two separate occasions, despite being a disqualified driver.

He was not stopped by police on these occasions.

Officers then saw Stokes driving across the Foyle Bridge and followed him to Crescent Link where he was arrested for driving offences.

Defence Counsel Stephen Chapman told the court his client believed he had been granted leave to drive, while waiting to appeal the disqualification.

He added that Stokes was ‘not the principle party’ in the theft.

Suspending a three month sentence for two years, District Judge Peter Magill also disqualified Stokes from driving for 12 months and ordered him to pay compensation to B & M Bargains.