A gambling addict accused of stealing thousands of pounds worth of goods in a year-long shoplifting spree across Belfast must seek specialist treatment within a week, a High Court judge has ordered.
Aaron Douglas is to take immediate steps to deal with his dependency as part of conditions under which he was granted bail.
The 25-year-old, of Sandy Row in the city, allegedly raided stores selling speciality meats, bicycles and vacuum cleaners.
Police arrested him after he was found hiding under a car, prosecutors said previously.
Douglas is charged with nine counts of theft and a further criminal damage to a jacket on display in one sports shop.
The alleged offences cover a 12-month period from May 2016 to May 2017.
It was claimed that he stole £719 worth of razor blades from a Tesco branch on the Castlereagh Road, and make-up valued at £472 from Boots on the Cregagh Road.
He also allegedly took up to £600 of groceries from a Co-op, and a £425 bike stocked by Halfords.
Prosecution counsel Kate McKay outlined further charges involving £80 worth of speciality meat from an Iceland store, and a £110 designer jacket on sale at Cotswold in the city centre.
The total value of alleged thefts and criminal damage came to nearly £3,000.
He was said to have been detained by officers on patrol in east Belfast who spotted him dropping a bag containing a drone allegedly stolen from B&M Bargains.
Conn O'Neill, defending, confirmed that Douglas is continuing to contest charges against him.
The barrister also stressed his client has a problem with betting.
Called to give evidence, Douglas's father pledged: "If he gets bail he's going to start Gamblers Anonymous to try to get help for it."
Granting the application, Mr Justice Treacy resisted a prosecution request to ban the accused from all retail premises.
But the judge directed: "I'm going to require him to attend with his GP within seven days of being released on bail for the purpose of receiving a referral to the appropriate body dealing with gambling addiction."