29 Sept 2022

Judge tells Derry man who complained about bad back – ‘Stop whinging and do something worthwhile for the community’

A judge has told a 19-year-old Derry man 'to stop whinging and making excuses' give something back to the community. Gavin Lynch, of Old School Lane, in Derry appearing at Derry Magistrate's Court sitting in Omagh yesterday where he admitted stealing a razor valued at £169.99 from Boots on November 30, 2016. The court heard that police were called to Boots on December 1 and spoke to security staff who reported the theft of a razor the previous day. CCTV was taken and police identified the defendant and another male. Lynch was seen removing the security tags from the razor and placing it into a bag and then handing it to the other male and then leaving the store. Lynch was interviewed and shown the CCTV but denied the offence. The shaver was not recovered. Defence barrister Stephen Chapman said it was a case suitable for a pre-sentence report. District Judge Paul Copeland said that community service was possible and inquired if Lynch would be capable of doing it. Lynch said he had a bad back and the judge told him to stop 'whinging' and do something 'worthwhile for the community'. The case was adjourned until September 21.

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