Man stole chicken legs and dog food

A 34-year-old Ballykelly man who stole dog food and chicken legs and air fresheners has been sentenced to complete 80 hours community service.

Glenn Connor of Tamlough Park was sentenced for two counts of theft at Limavady Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The court heard Connor stole dog food, milk, kitchen towels, chicken legs and eight air fresheners to the value of £20 belonging to a store in Limavady on November 9, 2014. He walked up to staff and said he was taking the items without paying and left the store. Later that day, Connor returned to the store and placed a quantity of Red Bull in a basket. Again he said he was taking it, but staff persuaded him not to.

The court heard Connor said he was either drunk or high at the time.

Defence solicitor John Fahy said Connor had a horrendous record for this and other matters but said he was now determined to stay away from alcohol and drugs.

District Judge Liam McNally told Connor while his record justified him in sending Connor straight back to prison for a spell, he said he would see if he could bring his offending to an end. Judge McNally said he didn’t think it would work but he would try.

Judge McNally imposed a probation order for one year and 80 hours community service. Connor must pay £20 compensation to the store.