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Man who stole gloves, coffee and energy drinks from Newry service station fined £250

Court heard that the 25-year-old appeared with 32 previous convictions, 13 of which were for theft

Fiveways, Newry

A man who stole gloves, coffee and energy drinks from a Newry service station has been ordered to pay compensation along with a fine of £250.

Court heard that the 25-year-old appeared with 32 previous convictions, 13 of which were for theft.

Jonathon Martin Turner, of Grosvenor Court in Belfast, pleaded guilty to one charge of theft at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecution outlined that on February 20, police were contacted by staff of Fiveways Service Station who reported a theft from their store.

Officers viewed CCTV footage which showed a male enter the store before taking energy drinks, coffee and gloves then leaving without making an effort to pay.

He was observed to get into a vehicle, and checks on this revealed that it belonged to this defendant.

Police were unable to make contact but on June 27 they spoke with Turner with regards to an unrelated matter and he was subsequently arrested.

During interview, the defendant admitted to stealing the gloves but denied taking the other items.

Court was told by the prosecution that Turner had 32 previous convictions, 13 of which were for theft.

Defence solicitor Patrick Morgan stated that a presentence report had been requested in another theft matter before Laganside Court, with this being due back on December 15.

District Judge Eamon King said: “Well, I will deal with him in the knowledge that a presentence report has been ordered.”

Turner was ordered to pay compensation of £27.28 to the Fiveways Service Station and a fine of £150, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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