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A man who grabbed a child in a Belfast city centre shop has been jailed for four months

A man who grabbed a child in a Belfast city centre shop has been jailed for four months

A man who grabbed a child in a Belfast city centre shop has been jailed for four months

A man who grabbed a child in a Belfast city centre shop has been jailed for four months.

Aubrey Dube (30) lifted the six-year-old girl up while she accompanied her parents to a jewellery store last December.

The defendant, originally from Zimbabwe but with an address at Dunluce Avenue in Belfast, was acquitted of child abduction, but was convicted of a lesser offence of common assault.

Dube also pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour during the drunken incident in the Royal Avenue area.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard previously that he held the girl up in the air with his arms around her chest. She was screaming "Daddy" while kicking and pushing her arms. Her father said he had to forcefully remove her from Dube's grasp.

Police called to the scene claimed Dube was screaming outside, shouting: "I am God."

At trial defence counsel Sean O'Hare insisted his client never had any intention to abduct the child. Instead, the barrister argued, Dube merely lifted her up while in a drunken state.

Belfast Telegraph