Man damaged security scanner on way out of Tesco store

Man damaged security scanner on way out of Tesco store

A MAN with an address at Orchard Court in the Holywood area who kicked and damaged a security scanner at the exit at the Tesco store in Crumlin has had sentencing deferred until next year.

Tony Beattie (28) committed criminal damage on June 24 this year, Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, was told.

A prosecutor said the defendant had entered the shop and asked to use a toilet and then had gone to the off-licence to attempt to buy alcohol.

Staff refused him entry to that part of the store because they knew he would not be sold any alcohol due to his "drunken state," the prosecutor added.

As Beattie left the shop he kicked the security scanner.

The incident was caught on CCTV.

Defence barrister Chris Sherrard said the cost of fixing the damage had initially been assessed as £2,000 but a receipt showed it was £170.

The court heard the defendant has had a "lifestyle change".

The offence was in breach of suspended sentences.

District Judge Nigel Broderick deferred sentence to May next year.