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Tandragee man who legged it with two turkeys from Iceland made a clean breast of it in court

Sentencing on back burner to fulfil district judge's wish to see presentence report

A Tandragee man who stole two turkeys, valued at £40, from Iceland in December must wait until next month to learn his fate.

Court heard that the 49-year-old had a substantial record which included 78 previous offences.

Philip Thomas Magowan, of Old Scarva Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

As the charges were read, it was heard that the first offence occurred on November 30 in which the defendant stole £50 worth of goods from Tesco in Portadown.

The second theft related to two turkeys, to the value of £40, which Magowan stole from Iceland on December 15.

Defence solicitor Richard Montieth stated: “In view of the pleas, your worship may wish to see his record which is substantial.”

District Judge Gregg McCourt commented: “He has a long enough record, 78 offences. It may be a case where a pre-sentence report is required.”

The case was adjourned until February 5 for sentencing.

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