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Ballymena wannabe lawyer charged with burglary at bargain store

By Staff Reporter

A Co Antrim man who had applied to do a law degree to become a solicitor has now been charged with burglary.

Sherman Wright (44), of Devenagh Way, Ballymena, is alleged to have stolen food on September 24 this year during the incident at a local Poundstretcher.

His case was called at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday but his solicitor John McAtamney said he was not present.

A police officer said he believed he could connect the accused to the charge and the case was put back until later to see if the accused would turn up.

Later, Mr McAtamney said: "He has not arrived. It may well be an oversight on his part."

The solicitor asked if the case could be adjourned until early in the new year and in the meantime said he would contact his client.

A prosecutor said they were awaiting CCTV evidence in the case.

Adjourning the case, Deputy District Judge Peter Magill said: "If he is not here on January 5 there may be consequences."

Earlier this year in a Press interview, Wright said he wanted to become a lawyer and was hopeful of starting university in the autumn.

However, he has so far remained in Ballymena.

In September his defence barrister told the same court his client had disclosed his background on his university application form.

He also admitted that Wright's appearance in court had thrown his education hopes "into the ether", and that his university place would now be reviewed.

Wright told the media in September: "I have got stuck in to higher education. I have a Higher National Diploma in 12 different subjects and you don't get that unless you do have capabilities, so therefore I forwarded myself at Belfast Metropolitan College.

"On top of the Higher National Diploma I now have a further two A-levels in sociology and social policy, therefore that got me an unconditional offer in Gloucester University to study law, which I am over the Moon with.

"I am an opportunist and I'm going to grab this opportunity.

"Law is something I have always had an interest in."

He also said he hoped to become a lawyer in his home town.

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