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Ormeau Road nut thief fined £57

Published 10/10/2015

Robert Edward Rushe admitted stealing the bag of nuts from the Vivo supermarket on the Ormeau Road. (File pic)
Robert Edward Rushe admitted stealing the bag of nuts from the Vivo supermarket on the Ormeau Road. (File pic)

A man was ordered to hand over £57 on Saturday after admitting stealing a £2 bag of nuts.

Appearing in the dock of Belfast Magistrates Court in a grey track suit, 27-year-old Robert Edward Rushe admitted stealing the bag of nuts from the Vivo supermarket on the Ormeau Road on 5 October.

It is understood that Rushe, with an address at Queens Quarter in Belfast, walked into the shop, picked up the bag of savoury treats and started eating them as he walked out of the shop.

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The shop lifter was also arrested on foot of two Bench Warrants issued by a judge in Armagh.

Having heard that the nuts were not fit for resale, District Judge Amanda Henderson imposed a £40, an offender levy of £15 and ordered Rushe to pay £2 back to the shop as restitution, allowing him ten weeks to pay.

Releasing him on his own bail of £300, she ordered Rushe to appear at Armagh Court on Tuesday.

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