Published Tuesday, 05 August 2014
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.
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