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25/09/2021

27-year-old Derry man stole four alcopops from Tesco after 'taking umbrage' at being asked for ID

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A 27-year-old man who 'took umbrage' at being asked for identification when buying alcohol opened an alcopop in front of staff and drank it, a Derry court has heard. Jason Samuel Murphy, of Abbeydale, appeared at Derry Magistrates Court this week where he admitted stealing four alcopops valued at £4 and resisting police on November 12. The court heard that police were called to Tesco at Lisnagelvin after a report that a man who had been refused alcohol after being challenged about his age had left the store with four cans in his pockets. When police arrived they realised Murphy was in reach of bail conditions which prohibit him being intoxicated in a public place. A breath test revealed he was more than twice the legal limit. Three cans were found in his possession and a police officer said that when challenged, the defendant had opened a can and drank it in front of staff. The court heard after being arrested Murphy asked to use the toilet, and when the handcuffs were removed to facilitate this he had tried to push past officers. He struggled with police when they attempted to re-apply the handcuffs and had to be carried to the police vehicle and placed on the floor, the court heard. Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said if one thing it showed the value of carrying identification. Mr Quigley added that ‘at the advanced age of 27’ Murphy had taken umbrage at being challenged and suggested it could be due to his stature as ‘small men have issues’. District Judge Barney McElholm said it was not ‘the most intelligent thing to do’ and released Murphy on bail so that all matters could be dealt with on December 14.

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