A 42 year old Ukrainian man living in Gilford, who drove uninsured to Tesco in Banbridge on his moped and stole £36.59 of food and alcohol, has been given a suspended jail sentence.
Jurius Abremenko from High Street, appeared before the local court last week when he was sentenced to two months in prison suspended for a year.
He was also fined £200 and banned from driving for six months.
The court heard how on 25 March at 2.30pm police were called to Tesco Banbridge where they found a male had been detained.
Security staff said he had left the store with a black bag filled with items and had made no attempt to pay.
The bag consisted mainly of food items and alcohol all of which was fit for re-sale. The incident was captured on CCTV.
It also transpired he had driven to Banbridge on a moped but had no insurance policy in force.
A solicitor said his client was unaware he needed insurance, as in his home country such a policy is not required for a moped.
“He apologises and is keen to put this behind him.”
Deputy District Judge Mr O’Hare said just because Abremenko had no food in the house, it did not mean he was entitled to steal from someone else.
“This is not the first time you have been before the court for this type of offence.”
The defendant was advised to apply for a Northern Ireland driving licence.