A SHOPLIFTER who filled a plastic bag with £8 worth of Pot Noodles has been given a one month prison term, suspended for a year.
Michael Connors (26), of Rock Mills in Derry/Londonderry city, admitted the theft from Poundland in the Tower Centre in Ballymena.
The defendant, who had a previous record, appeared via video link from prison at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday in relation to the offence which happened on October 4 in 2019.
The defendant, who was in custody on remand in relation to another matter, smiled when the Pot Noodles charge was read to him.
A defence solicitor said the defendant had been under the influence of Diazepam on the date in question.
He said the defendant had been living at a B&B in Ballymena at the time and had "very little money if any money at all".
The lawyer said Connors "life has been very much marred by this carousel of going in and out of jail".
Deputy District Judge Anne Marshall told the defendant: "You have a really bad record for theft and you have to stop stealing.
"I have taken account it was Pot Noodles for you to eat to the value of £8".
She said the suspended sentence of one month would be an incentive for Connors to keep out of trouble when he gets out of jail.
- Main Picture: General picture of Pot Noodles.