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Jail time for thief who stole jeans to feed drug habit

By Ashleigh McDonald

A thief with 233 previous convictions who stole six pairs of designer jeans in a bid to feed his drugs habit has been handed a 21-month sentence.

Terrence Paul Maughan (35), whose address was given as HMP Maghaberry, stole Diesel jeans worth £600 from the House of Fraser store in Belfast's Victoria Square.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC told Maughan he will spend half the sentence in prison, with the remaining months on supervised licence.

Crown prosecutor Simon Jenkins said CCTV operators saw Maughan leaving the store with the six pairs of jeans on February 21, 2013. Security staff chased him and retrieved all the stolen items, Belfast Crown Court heard.

He managed to escape arrest, but the CCTV footage was shown to two police officers who recognised Maughan and he was later interviewed.

Mr Jenkins said Maughan "fully and freely" admitted the theft, and also told officers he intented to sell the jeans to raise money to buy drugs.

Passing sentence, Judge Kerr noted that 27 of Maughan's previous offences were for theft.

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