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Nappy thief's crime 'like something out of a Woody Allen film', says solicitor

A man who stole a box of nappies was acting like someone in a Woody Allen movie, a court heard today.

Jonathan David Wray ducked between the aisles at a Co-op store as staff monitored his movements, a district judge was told.

But fining Wray £150 for the theft of goods worth just £4, Peter King said it was more akin to a Mickey Mouse-style offence.

Wray, 29, admitted a charge of stealing a box of nappies from the shop at Abbots Cross in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim on May 6.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard he had entered the store and exchanged comments with a member of staff.

At one stage he asked if he was being watched.

Wray, of Inniscarn Drive, Newtownabbey, then lifted the nappies and ran out without paying for them.

Defence solicitor Seamus Leonard acknowledged it was a "bizarre" incident.

"It's almost like something out of a Woody Allen film," he said.

Passing sentence, however, District Judge King told Wray: "It's more accurately described as a Mickey Mouse offence.

"The value (of the nappies) is £4, but it's going to cost you a £150 fine and a £15 offender levy."

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