Man banned from Tesco came back and stole bread and beer

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Just a few days after he was banned from going into Lurgan’s Tesco supermarket, a 58-year-old man returned to steal bread and beer.

He was William Christopher Campbell, Ennis Tarry, Lurgan, and he admitted two theft charges.

On February 7, 2014, he stole items to the value of £51.50 and on February 12, 2014, he entered Tesco as a trespasser and stole food and alcohol.

Mr Campbell was put on probation for 18 months.

The court heard that on February 2 Mr Campbell was stopped after he left the Tesco store in Lurgan, and was found to have goods worth £51.50 in his possession. He had money with him and paid the cost in full.

While he was in the store, Mr Campbell was told that he was banned from entering the premises and a letter was sent to him confirming this.

Five days later, he entered the store as a trespasser and left with items in a basket without paying.

Police went to the home of Mr Campbell and, in the kitchen, found a Tesco basket along with a loaf of bread and four tins of beer.

Sentencing in the case had been deferred to see if Mr Campbell could stay out of trouble.

However on August 23 last year he was caught taking two bottles of cider from a Dunnes Store in High Street, Belfast. He was apprehended at the door as he tried to leave.

A barrister said that the root cause of the offending was alcohol abuse and that, at the time of the offences, Mr Campbell had been made homeless and his alcoholism was very acute.

He pointed out that there was the suggestion in the pre-sentence report for probation which would provide him assistance in the long term.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, agreed there had been a breach of the deferral, but that the pre-sentence report was quite illuminating and there was a recommendation for probation for which Mr Campbell was suitable.

He added that he was ‘attempting to break the logjam’ by imposing probation, but warned Mr Campbell that if he breached the order there would be no alternative but custody.