Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Man jailed over tortoise theft

A man has been jailed for stealing a tortoise and a mobile phone
A man has been jailed for stealing a tortoise and a mobile phone

A man was jailed for nine months today for stealing a tortoise and a homeless man's mobile phone.

David Weir escaped with the reptile from a Belfast pet store and sold it for £60 to feed his alcohol addiction, a court heard.

He also took a phone from a vulnerable man eating a takeaway meal in a city centre alleyway.
 

Sentencing Weir at Belfast Magistrates' Court today, District Judge Desmond Perry said he would steal anything. 
 

The 30-year-old, of Berlin Street, Belfast, pleaded guilty to charges of theft over both offences.
 

The tortoise, valued at £250, was stolen in August last year.
 

Defence barrister Michael Ward told the court it was fit and well the last Weir saw it.
 

However, it was accepted that the defendant did not know where it was now.
 

Judge Perry remarked that it couldn't have got very far.
 

Weir then targeted the homeless man earlier this month, taking a Nokia phone valued at £50.
 

He was later arrested near the scene.
 

Sentences of four months and five months were imposed for the two offences, with Judge Perry ordering him to serve them consecutively

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