Drug-addicted 'lout' stole from pet shops to feed habit
A "lout" who stole pet shop dog kennels to fund his drug habit must remain in custody, a High Court judge has ruled.
Stephen McEvoy targeted three stores in Newry last week, taking shelters worth £200 and selling them, prosecutors said.
Refusing bail, Lord Justice Gillen said the 24-year-old was out of control. "People who own these pet shops work hard, and have louts like this stealing their dog kennels," he said.
McEvoy, of Thomas Street in Bessbrook, Co Armagh, is awaiting sentence after admitting three counts of theft.
Prosecution counsel Robin Steer said he went into three stores in the Newry area on July 27, making small purchases of a dog lead or a pet treat.
McEvoy took the kennels as he left the shops, the court heard. One was valued at £100 and the other two at £50 each.
Opposing bail, Mr Steer claimed the defendant has a bad record and a "huge number" of pending cases. "Police believe this relates to his problem with drugs," the barrister added.
Conor Byrne, defending, told the court McEvoy sold the kennels almost immediately, but has pledged to pay back the shops in full.
He claimed his client's substance abuse stems from a previous attack where he was stabbed with a hypodermic needle.