Ballymena drug user who was shoplifting 'to feed addiction' is jailed for eight months

Ballymena drug user who was shoplifting 'to feed addiction' is jailed for eight months

A BALLYMENA man who, a judge said, appeared to funding a drug addiction by stealing has been jailed for eight months.

Anthony John Ramsey (33), of Slemish Drive, admitted thefts from shops in Ballymena including Marks & Spencer, Co-Op, B&M and Tesco. In one incident he stole a claw hammer.

In July last year police on patrol saw him "staggering" at Broughshane Street where he had "blue powder" round his mouth and his eyes were glazed. He admitted possessing cannabis and Flubromazolam.

A defence barrister said the defendant had addiction issues and it was a "sad and unfortunate situation".

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had 78 previous convictions and it was  "a very sad state of affairs".

He told the defendant: "You appear to be funding this drug addiction through stealing things and selling them on for money to buy drugs."