Man jailed for eight months for theft of bottle of rum

Limavady Courthouse.
Limavady Courthouse.

A Limavady man has been jailed for eight months for theft of a bottle of rum costing £13.

Samuel John Porter, aged 43 and from Alexander Road, appeared at Limavady Magistrates Court on Wednesday where he was sentenced for theft and resisting police.

The court heard Porter was observed on CCTV leaving a store in Ballykelly with a bottle of rum but without paying for it on November 14, 2014.

When Porter was arrested on November 28, he was handcuffed and taken to Coleraine police custody suite. On the way there, he struggled and kicked the rear window of the police vehicle.

Porter told police he couldn’t remember taking the rum, but said if it was him on the CCTV then he must have done.

Defence solicitor Paddy McGurk said at the time of the offence, Porter’s benefit had been cut and he was extremely short of money.

Mr McGurk said Porter knew he had placed himself in a very difficult situation. He said Porter suffers from anxiety and asked the Judge to defer sentencing to see if Porter was capable of staying out of trouble.

However, District Judge Noel Dunlop said Porter had received a four-month suspended sentence last year and he was in breach of that.

Judge Dunlop sentenced Porter to four months in jail, consecutive to the suspended sentence he breached making a total of eight months in jail.