Man banned from every shop in NI

Published Tuesday, 05 August 2014
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A District Judge banned a 24-year-old shoplifter from entering any shop or shopping centre in Northern Ireland.

Man banned from every shop in NI
Kinsella told a PSNI officer he found it hard to stop stealing from shops. (© Getty)

Barney McElholm imposed the bail condition on Declan Kinsella, who appeared before the Magistrate's Court in Derry following his arrest for shoplifting on Monday.

Kinsella, from Clooney Mews in the Waterside area of the city, was told by Mr McElholm that his criminality was getting into the realm of a professional shoplifter and traders had to be protected from him.

Kinsella, who has nine previous convictions for shoplifting, admitted stealing fragrances, a sports top and a watch from shops in the Foyleside and Richmond shopping centres on Monday afternoon.

He also admitted stealing a golf club from the Cash Maker shop in Shipquay Street on 25 July and with trying to sell the stolen golf club back to the shop staff fifteen minutes after the theft.

He further admitted stealing a winning scratch card from a parked car at Clooney Terrace on 27 June, on the same day he stole food items from a Mace store and assaulted the store owner.

A police officer said Kinsella told her that he found it hard to stop stealing items from shops.

Mr McElholm released Kinsella on his own bail of £750 to appear in court again on 18 August.

He warned Kinsella if he breached his bail or re-offended, he would go to jail for 18 months for the offences he's already admitted.

© UTV News
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7 Comments
Ronnie in Limavady wrote (77 days ago):
This is not nonsense, shop keepers and their staff Have to be protected from people like this, if he breaches the order he should quite rightly be jailed, you obviously have never worked in a position where people are willing to steal your profits and use violence against you to carry this out
John in crumlin wrote (78 days ago):
caolan what do you know about this man's mental state?
howard in london wrote (79 days ago):
how does the tag work in every shop?
Caolan in Belfast wrote (79 days ago):
It is enforced by an electronic tag, derp. And he doesnt need help. He needs to stop stealing and ASSAULTING anyone who gets in his way. He ia not mentally ill, nor has a precondition that means he cannot tell right from wrong. He is a grown adult, and his actions show he is a danger to the public and society. Why are people trying to justify his actions or call the judge's sentence over the top? It's for his own good he cannot enter any shop in Northern Ireland, so he wont steal.
John in crumlin wrote (79 days ago):
absolute nonsense he has to go into shops to feed and pay utilities etc
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