Ballymena man (20) with 59 previous convictions has 'turned his life around' through 'church activities'

Ballymena man (20) with 59 previous convictions has 'turned his life around' through 'church activities'

A 20-year-old Ballymena man with 59 previous convictions has "turned his life around" and is "assisting with church activities," a defence lawyer told the town's Magistrates Court.

He is Garion Hanna (20), of Ballymoney Road.

A prosecutor said in July last year a car was broken into and a card stolen from a wallet was used to make two purchases totalling £41 at a garage in the town.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said Hanna had been getting assistance from "Connect Ministries".

He said the defendant had "turned his life around"; there had been no re-offending and he is "off illicit substances".

He said Hanna was "reaping the benefit" of the "intervention of charitable, Christian, individuals".

District Judge Nigel Broderick it was was a "nasty thing" to take somebody's bank card and use it.

Deferring sentence until next April he said Hanna should keep out of trouble and continue to engage with Probation and Community Service.

The judge added: "If he keeps on this new path then well and good. If not I am probably going to send him to prison".

  • Main picture: Ballymena Court.