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Man jailed after gang stole heating oil from primary school

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man who was part of a four-strong gang who stole home heating oil from a primary school has been jailed for four months.

Kenny Grissam (39), from Ballysally Road in Coleraine, admitted stealing the home heating oil from Garvagh Primary School in March 2013.

Grissam was due to appear at Antrim Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, last week along with three co-accused - two of whom were jailed, while a third was given a suspended sentence.

A defence barrister told yesterday's hearing the theft of the home heating oil was "amateurish in the extreme" and said his client was a man "dependent on alcohol".

During a previous hearing, the court was told that in the early hours of March 12, 2013, police received a report of suspicious activity in the area of the oil tank at Garvagh Primary School. A blue Renault Scenic was seen in the area and a short time later the vehicle came to the attention of police as it was a very cold day and all the windows were open.

The car was stopped and police noticed a strong smell of heating oil. The four occupants - including Grissam - were arrested and, when the car was searched, a number of items were found. These items included a screwdriver, a pair of pliers and a wrench.

When the oil tank at the school was examined by police, they discovered it had been damaged. Also found at the scene was the tip of a latex glove which, when analysed, was found to bear Grissam's DNA.

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