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20/09/2021

Derry man who stole stole a stick of Peperami valued at 70p is fined £50 for theft

A man who stole a stick of Peperami valued at 70 pence has been fined at Derry Magistrate's Court sitting in Omagh this week. Stephen Gérard Bradley (34) of Donald Casey Court in Derry admitted the theft that occurred on June 5. The court heard that Bradley lifted the item in a Centra shop and it was not recovered. Defence solicitor Mr Kevin Casey said it was 'an impulsive reckless act' and there was evidence of intoxication. He said Bradley was walking through the shop and it was more 'grazing' than theft. District Judge Paul Copeland said that it was not so much the value of the goods rather the fact that Bradley showed 'indifference to the property of others.' He added:"People are entitled to have their property protected." The court heard Bradley had 20 previous convictions not all for theft but for dishonesty offences. The judge told Bradley: "This is not about the value but it is about the fact you feel you can help yourself when it suits you. "It is not for you to help yourself." Bradley was fined £50.

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