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Jail for man who stole bottle of whiskey and some nuts

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Enniskillen Court House, RMGFH04

A MAN who stole money from a woman’s purse and whiskey from Asda has been jailed.
Patrick McDonagh (31) of Sallys Wood, Irvinestown appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court charged with theft and theft from a vehicle.
On February 26th 2018, the defendant stole whiskey and nuts from Asda, Enniskillen to the value of £27.50. Security staff in Asda viewed the defendant on CCTV concealing the bottle of whiskey. The defendant apologised for stealing the whiskey and the bottle was returned for resale.
In an earlier incident, on February 15th 2017 at 2.50pm, a woman parked her car at the public toilets at the Brownhill Link Road, Irvinestown with her daughter. The court heard that the victim’s friend saw a man in her car, and when she returned, £35 was missing from her purse.
McDonagh was then seen going into a shop and coming out with goods, and he was later arrested after the Police watched the CCTV. McDonagh was identified in an identification parade.
Defence for McDonagh, Mr McCann, said all matters involve alcohol and that the defendant himself admits that he is a chronic alcoholic, adding he was drunk when he stole from the woman’s purse, and he stole whiskey for his addiction. The defence also pointed out that at one point the defendant was subject to a deferred sentence for six months, and he managed to stay off alcohol, adding that his client has asked
for a similar sentence in this occasion.
District judge Broderick said he was not minded to defer the sentence, and added that £27.50 was a small amount but McDonagh has a prolific record from theft.
He sentenced Mc McDonagh to three months in prison, and a fine of £25 for the theft of the whiskey, and three months for the theft of the £35 from the woman’s purse to run concurrently. He also activated a
suspended sentence which the defendant breached resulting in a total of six months in prison.


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