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Alcoholic OAP stole charity box to buy booze

By Alan Erwin

A pensioner who stole a charity box to fund his drink habit has been given an eight-month suspended jail sentence.

David Hull took around £50 collected for the Northern Ireland Hospice from a butcher's shop near his north Belfast home.

The 70-year-old thief also carried out separate raids on supermarkets for cigarettes and a punnet of strawberries.

Citing his "extensive criminal record", a district judge at Belfast Magistrates Court warned him he was on his last chance to stay out of prison. Peter King told the defendant: "You really burnt your bridges stealing the Hospice box."

Hull, of Shore Crescent in the city, went into the Whitewell Road butchers last September and took the charity collection as staff were distracted.

The court heard he was identified on CCTV and later admitted the theft, telling police he had taken the money to purchase alcohol.

As well as his sentence, Hull was also ordered to pay £75 compensation to the NI Hospice.

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