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Chicken thief fails in attempt to reduce sentence

A chicken thief who claimed he was in a movie has failed in a bid to have his nine-month jail sentence reduced.

Michael Scott lodged an appeal against the prison term imposed on him for a catalogue of offences, including an outburst in hospital.

He withdrew the challenge yesterday after being warned that the sentence could be increased.

The 28-year-old, of no fixed address, has amassed more than 150 previous convictions.

Earlier this month he was dealt with for charges of common assault, criminal damage, assault on police, disorderly behaviour and stealing 16 packs of chicken.

He was arrested following an incident at a Spar filling station on Belfast's Ravenhill Road on October 20.

Scott lodged an appeal against the sentence, which went before Belfast County Court yesterday.

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But a judge affirmed the order after his warning about potentially imposing a longer term was considered.

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