Teenager jailed for three months

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A teenager who broke into a car and stole items worth £650 has been jailed for three months.

Stephen Smith, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to theft from a vehicle and possessing diazepam and cannabis.

Derry Magistrates Court was told the injured party parked his car outside his partner’s house and it was locked and secured.

However, at 7:30am his girlfriend noticed that the car had been broken into.

The court heard the front passenger window was smashed and documents were lying around the car.

A number of items were missing including a laptop, a laptop bag, a USB stick, and electrical cables.

It is alleged a head torch, a high visibility vest and a rucksack were also taken.

Smith was arrested and taken to Strand Road police station.

He was searched and seen removing something from his trousers and placing the item into his mouth.

The teen was physically restrained and spat the items out.

These were then found to be five diazepam tablets and a bag of herbal cannabis.

During police interview, Smith denied damaging the car or taking anything out of it. He said the drugs found were for his own personal use.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said at the time his client was misusing drugs and was ‘looking for anything that could be quickly converted into cash’.

He told the court Smith has been in custody since April and knows he needs to deal with his issues.

The solicitor added there is hope for the teenager’s future as he has an offer of a job in England when he is released from custody.

District Judge Eamon King jailed Smith for three months and fined him a total of £300.

He also granted a destruction order for the drugs.