Court hears man 'put out of' Antrim town

Court hears man 'put out of' Antrim town

A MAN who shoplifted items worth £4.25 from a store at Junction One in Antrim which he had previously robbed has been "put out of" the town, a court heard.

Eamonn Murphy (25), of Corbally Avenue, Antrim, admitted theft in relation to April 28 this year.

In February this year the defendant had been sentenced for robbing £308 cash from the same store in 2017 of £300 in cash and having a knife as an offensive weapon.

Full details of the new offence have yet to be outlined at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.

The case had previously been adjourned to October 19 for sentencing but a defence barrister said Murphy was not present.

The lawyer said he was "basically put out of Antrim about two weeks ago. He was the subject of a pretty serious assault and is still in a fairly distressed state".

A Probation Officer told the court the defendant said he had "no desire to return to this area".

The case was adjourned to mid-November for a pre-sentence report.