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Belfast man Michael McClure jailed after striking victim and stealing cash

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A man who stole another man's wallet after knocking him to the ground has been handed a 14-month sentence.

A man who stole another man's wallet after knocking him to the ground has been handed a 14-month sentence.

A man who stole another man's wallet after knocking him to the ground has been handed a 14-month sentence.

A man who stole another man's wallet after knocking him to the ground has been handed a 14-month sentence.

Sentencing Michael McClure (26) for robbery, Judge Sandra Crawford told him his actions would have been a "frightening and distressing experience" for the injured party.

From Killarn Close in Belfast, McClure was told he will spend six months in custody, followed by an eight-month period on licence after he appeared in the city's Crown Court via a videolink at Maghaberry.

At around 7pm on November 19, 2018 the injured party was walking along East Bridge Street when he recognised McClure.

As the pair walked along Market Street, McClure punched the other man, causing him to fall. While on the ground, McClure stole his wallet containing £80 and a bank card which he later used in Tesco.

Defence barrister Ben Thompson said his client apologised, adding: "He knows that robbery is a serious offences."

Belfast Telegraph