Beggar could be jailed if he is convicted, court is told
A serial street beggar has heard that if he's convicted for a new offence he could face up to a month in jail.
Alec Getty (63), of Trinity Drive, Ballymoney, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday accused of begging in Main Street in the town on May 10.
He appeared in the dock yesterday and replied "yes" when asked if he understood the charge.
A police officer said she believed she could connect him to the charge.
Defence solicitor Denise Gillan asked for the case to be adjourned for a week to get the attitude of the defendant to the charge. The solicitor said her client had a "relevant record".
The defendant, who the court heard is on benefits, was released on his own bail of £500 with a condition being that he is not to beg from members of the public.