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Jail for man who stole Celtic top from Armagh shop and was caught wearing it two days later

The item was not deemed fit for resale

Armagh Courthouse

A man who stole a Celtic football shirt from an Armagh sports store has been sentenced to two months in prison.

Court heard the 28-year-old was apprehended by police wearing the top which was valued at £55 and not found fit for resale.

Gary Clarkin, of Logan Street, Ballymurphy, pleaded guilty to theft at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Court heard that on June 27, 2018, the defendant stole the Celtic football top, worth £55, from Armagh Sports and Trophies, in the city.

On June 29, Clarkin was apprehended by police wearing the item and denied the offence when interviewed.

Prosecution informed court that the shirt when recovered was not deemed fit for resale.

Defence barrister Seamus Lannon stated: “This is a very capable man if he was able to clean himself up with regards to drugs.

“He is a very skilled craftsman and it can be seen that he is starting to wise up.”

District Judge Peter Magill said: “You have a bad record for this type of thing, your counsel has put this down to drugs but you appear to be clean today.

“I hope that for your sake that is a sign of things to come.”

Clarkin was sentenced to two months in prison for the offence.

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