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Judge orders burglar to aid charity after story in Tele

By George Jackson

A story published by the Belfast Telegraph which highlighted the financial pressures being faced by a Co Tyrone animal rescue centre prompted a judge to order a burglar to pay £500 in compensation to the charity.

District Judge Barney McElholm made the order in the case of Shane Kavanagh (21) from Chamberlain Street in Londonderry, at the city's courthouse.

The apprentice welder admitted entering as a trespasser at a neighbouring flat in Chamberlain Street and stealing watches, a DVD box set, an XBox 360 and other items. He admitted committing the burglary on January 5, 2013.

A prosecution solicitor told the court a member of the public reported seeing the defendant forcing his way into the flat. Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said the victim in the case had since been jailed for drugs offences, but said that was no excuse for Kavanagh's offending.

Mr McElholm said: "I read in the Belfast Telegraph earlier this week about the financial difficulties being faced by an animal rescue centre in Co Tyrone which has been inundated with rescued dogs over the Christmas period. I am imposing a six month jail sentence, suspended for two years and as part of your reparation to the community for your offending you will pay £500 to the Grovehill Animal Rescue Centre in Sixmilecross. You have six months to pay that", he told Kavanagh.

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