Jail warning for shoplifter after he returns to Ballymena shop five days after being sentenced for previous theft

Jail warning for shoplifter after he returns to Ballymena shop five days after being sentenced for previous theft

A JUDGE has warned a man if he continues stealing he will go to jail.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court to Norbert Michjal Wozniak (46), of Seacash Drive in Antrim town, who admitted stealing a jumper worth £110 from TK Maxx in Ballymena and having a set of clippers for use in theft on February 8 this year.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court two males entered the store and the jumper was stolen after a security tag was cut.

Staff followed outside and the jumper was recovered.

CCTV images were circulated to police and when later spotted by officers the defendant ran off but was detained and he admitted the offences.

The defendant had the assistance of a Polish language interpreter at court.

The theft happened five days after the defendant had been given a six months prison sentence, suspended for three years, at the same court for stealing coats worth £200 from the same TK Maxx in November, 2019.

He has also stolen bluetooth headphones worth £30 from Tesco in Antrim in November 2019 and alcohol worth £60 from a Centra store in Antrim town in March last year.

At the previous court on February 3 this year a defence lawyer had said the defendant had been "contrite" about his offending.

At court this week, District Judge Nigel Broderick said that following the February 3 court "for some bizarre reason he blatantly breached that on the 8th of February".