When he was drunk a 37-year-old man stole perfume from a chemists shop in Banbridge, the local magistrates’ court heard last Thursday.
John Paul Whitla, Hillcrest Manor, Craigavon, admitted the theft of the items, valued at £18, on June 18 this year. He was sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for 12 months.
The court heard Whitla went into Gordon’s Chemists in Banbridge and asked an assistant about a prescription.
She went to the back of the shop and when she returned she noticed that a bottle of aftershave she had been filling was missing. She followed the defendant to Boots Chemist and called the police.
When interviewed Whitla said he could not remember the incident because he was intoxicated.
A barrister representing the defendant said he had 61 previous convictions.
He explained that Whitla had been heavily intoxicated and took this partially full bottle of aftershave which was recovered.