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Man jailed for stealing bike from shopping centre committed 'clownish' theft

A man jailed for stealing a bicycle from a Belfast shopping complex carried out a "clownish" theft, the High Court heard today.

Part of a holding rack was still attached to the back wheel of the £600 bike Grahame Jellie took from the city centre Castlecourt complex.

On Monday he was imprisoned for seven months for theft, criminal damage, going equipped for theft and breach of a previous suspended sentence.

With the sentence imposed at Belfast Magistrates' Court set to be appealed, his lawyers sought bail until that hearing takes place next week.

Jellie, 34, of Donegall Parade, Belfast, was arrested minutes after the theft took place on June 24.

Bolt-cutters, pliers and a combination padlock were discovered in his rucksack.

Staff from Castlecourt had already recovered the bike and returned it to the shopping centre.

It was confirmed today that Jellie's appeal is on sentence only. He is not contesting his guilt to the offences.

In his bail application defence barrister Michael Boyd argued: "It was not the most sophisticated of crimes committed.

"It was a fairly clownish attempt to take this bike with half the rack hanging off the back of the wheels."

Mr Boyd added: "To his credit he made no attempt to duck his responsibility."

However, Mr Justice Weir refused to release Jellie pending the appeal hearing.

The judge said it was unlikely that any reduction in his sentence would leave him without having a further prison term to serve.

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