Man with 121 previous convictions is jailed for three months for stealing beard trimmers and razors worth over £700 from Tesco

Man with 121 previous convictions is jailed for three months for stealing beard trimmers and razors worth over £700 from Tesco

A MAN with 121 previous convictions who stole beard trimmers and razor blades worth over £700 from Tesco in Crumlin has been jailed for three months.

Gerard O'Neill (30), of no fixed abode in Antrim, struck on July 28 this year and the next day he returned the store and attempted to take electric toothbrushes worth £240.

CCTV showed the defendant leaving the store via a fire exit on July 28.

A defence lawyer told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, the defendant had "long-standing mental health and drug issues".

He said the defendant had been shoplifting for "financial gain to fund addiction with little or no planning or sophistication".

O'Neill had been out of jail 'on licence' at the time of the offences.

Jailing the defendant, District Judge Nigel Broderick said the thefts had not been "trivial" and O'Neill had an "atrocious" record.

The court heard following the July incidents the defendant had been recalled to jail to serve out the rest of his original jail term and had still five months of that to serve.

Judge Broderick ordered that the new three months sentence should be consecutive to the defendant's present prison term.