Petty thief with 245 convictions jailed again
A man with nearly 250 previous convictions is back behind bars after claiming he only stole steaks and candles from a Belfast supermarket as he'd blown all his benefit money on a Christmas present for his mum.
Michael McNally was jailed again, this time for a month, although the judge admitted: "The only thing we are achieving with Mr McNally is giving the shopkeepers of Belfast a bit of a break."
The 29-year-old had pleaded guilty to stealing goods valued at £32.90 from Tesco last Thursday.
McNally, of Hillman Street in Belfast, only acted because he was waiting for his next Disability Living Allowance cheque, according to his lawyer.
"He didn't have any money because he spent it on buying his mother a Christmas present," Mr MacDermott added.
The court heard McNally has amassed 245 previous convictions - more than half of which involved thefts.
His record includes stealing 12 tea towels from a souvenir shop in the city 24 hours after being granted bail last August.