Teen stole football tops and aftershave

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A teenager who stole football tops by putting them in a foil lined bag has received a suspended sentence.

Noel McGilloway, of Creggan Heights, pleaded guilty to theft and going equipped for theft on November 23, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 19-year-old was seen on CCTV in Debenhams stealing aftershave.

He was detained by security staff as he left the store.

McGilloway’s home was searched by police and they found football tops worth £70 which still had the security tags on in a foil lined bag.

During police interview the teen admitted theft.

Defence counsel Stephen Chapman said his client is in breach of a suspended sentence and is currently subject to a probation order.

He told the court McGilloway is engaging well with probation and if he receives an immediate custodial sentence ‘all that good work will stop’.

District Judge Barney McElholm said he would give the 19-year-old ‘one chance but one chance only. If he is back in court in the next two years he is going to prison’.

He suspended a six month jail term for two years and fined the defendant £300.