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Man stole £5 watch from Aldi for birthday present
6:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A THIEF has admitted stealing a £5 watch from Aldi to give to his brother as a birthday present.
David Anthony O’Gorman, aged 52, of Layton Close, Birchwood, pleaded guilty to theft at Halton Magistrates Court on Thursday.
When asked by District Judge Bridget Knight why he stole the watch he said he had no money to buy a present for his brother’s 49th birthday.
O’Gorman, who represented himself during proceedings, said: “It was a silly thing to do.
“It was around the time of my brother’s birthday and I was very financially restricted.
“It was a foolish act and I’m sorry.”
District Judge Knight said: “I’m sure he wouldn’t have like to have been in receipt of stolen goods for his birthday.
“You were spotted so you’re not very good at this.”
The court heard how the defendant went to the budget supermarket in the town on July 21 this year.
He removed the watch from a display cabinet but was seen by staff.
Sarah Grey, prosecuting, said: “He concealed it in a rucksack and goes to buy some fruit juice.
“He is asked about the watch and walks back into the store.
“He takes the watch out of the bag and puts it back on the display, and is then detained by security.”
O’Gorman was fined £80 and told to pay £105 in costs.
The court heard the theft meant he breached an 18 month conditional discharge imposed on May 31 this year.
The defendant was convicted of owning a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.
He has appeared in court on three other occasions this year for breaching a community order.
It was imposed on January 30 for driving while disqualified. The first breach came just two weeks after he was convicted of that offence.
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