Graduate who stole electrical goods from work avoids prison
A university graduate who stole electrical goods worth almost £3,000 from a Currys store where he worked has avoided going to prison.
Paul Anthony Maxwell (23), of Woodland Grange, Belfast, had pleaded guilty to stealing a television, an iPad and Macbook from the Currys store in Upper Galwally, south Belfast.
He was told to count himself "very lucky'' he was not going to jail after the judge suspended a six month prison term.
Crown prosecutor Laura Ivers told Downpatrick Crown Court that Maxwell was caught on the store's CCTV system in February 2014 taking out a large Samsung Smart television valued at £1,899.
He also stole a Macbook worth £999 and a iPad valued at £399.
After being confronted by management and following the intervention of police who searched his home, the television was recovered.
But Ms Ivers told Judge Stephen Fowler QC that the Macbook and iPad had still not been recovered.
The court heard that the outstanding balance of £1,398 for the Macbook and iPad had been paid into court yesterday by the defendant's father as full restitution to Currys.