Gambling addict thief who snatched £1,000 from van gets final chance
A gambling addict who snatched more than £1,000 from a parked van is facing up to 10 months in jail unless he mends his ways, a judge has warned.
Sentencing of Edward Gibson was deferred to allow him a chance to deal with mental health and substance abuse issues.
The 27-year-old, of Clonfadden Street, Belfast, stole a bag containing £1,167 in cash from the vehicle's front seat in March.
Gibson was seen by a witness taking the money.
His lawyer Ciaran Toner told Belfast Magistrates Court it was an "opportunistic" crime committed by a man suffering from depression and anxiety.
He urged District Judge Fiona Bagnall to defer sentencing, adding that Gibson wanted the chance to pay back his victim.
Judge Bagnall revealed that she had planned to impose a five-month jail sentence but she told Gibson "that's what you're facing if you don't come back with a glowing report" next April.