A JUDGE in Ballymena asked if a man had a "penchant for yoghurt?"
District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court where Ryan O'Lynn (29), with an address given as Main Street in Ahoghill, admitted stealing yoghurt from a shop on November 11/12 last year.
A defence solicitor said the offending was due to "alcohol".
The court heard the defendant had no previous record apart from a caution.
The court was told at least 15 yoghurts were taken.
Fining the defendant £200, Judge Broderick said: "It may seem a small offence going in and stealing yoghurts but shoplifting is a serious matter for those who own the shops and they can't have people going in and just lifting things and just walking out without paying for them".