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Drug addict to pay £50 after charity box theft in Bangor

By Paul Higgins

Published 16/11/2016

James O’Brien leaves Newtownards Magistrates Court
James O’Brien leaves Newtownards Magistrates Court

A drug addict who stole a Pretty in Pink breast cancer charity collection box, has been ordered to pay £50 to the charity.

Newtownards Magistrates Court District Judge, Mark Hamill, also told James Francis O'Brien that he wanted "£50 up front, in cash" by January adding, "I'll give you a conditional discharge for two years."

Earlier, O'Brien (35), originally from the Republic but now living at Dufferin Avenue in Bangor, had pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the charity box and stealing it on August 11.

A prosecuting lawyer told the court that staff at the Post Office on Bangor Main Street, saw the box being stolen from the counter, so contacted the police.

When CCTV footage was checked, O'Brien was identified as the thief who had been in the Post Office in relation to his unemployment benefit. Arrested and interviewed, O'Brien quickly confessed.

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