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Glenanne man who stole whiskey and hot food from Armagh shops had 61 prior convictions

A Glennane man with 61 prior convictions has not come to police attention for a year after moving back home to his parents’ house, a court has heard.

The 24-year-old appeared at Armagh Magistrates’ in relation to offences which he committed prior to this move.

Jonathon Brady, of Mossfield Estate, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft on Tuesday.

These offences were committed on two separate occasions last year.

The first occurred on September 26, of 2017, at around 5.35pm, when the defendant stole a bottle of Black Bush whiskey from Eurospar on Thomas Street, Armagh.

This was estimated at around £21.99.

Brady was identified by police through CCTV footage.

When apprehended for the offence the defendant made full admissions.

It was heard the second charge referred to theft of hot food valued at £3.49 from Emerson’s supermarket on Scotch Street, Armagh.

Defence barrister Conor Coulter stated that Brady had “some 61 previous convictions”.

He informed the court that these offences had been committed whilst the defendant had been living in Armagh, but he had now moved back with his parents in Glenanne.

Mr Coulter said: “He moved home in November 2017 and he had not come to police attention since”.

Brady was ordered to pay a fine of £150, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 10 weeks.

District Judge Paul Copeland stated: “You have kept out of trouble for at least a year and I hope for your own sake this continues”.

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