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Law student stole £230 of groceries on Asda trolley

A law student has been convicted of stealing more than £200 worth of goods in a "cunning and deceitful" supermarket theft.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard Diarmaid McMillan left a branch of Asda in the city with a loaded trolley after paying for one item.

Rejecting claims that the 27-year-old had planned to get a bank card to make full payment, a judge branded his evidence that of a "skilled manipulator and liar".

McMillan, of Firmount in Belfast, was fined £750 for the theft in December last year.

He had denied that he intended to leave the store without paying for the £231.60 of goods in his trolley.

But prosecutors argued that he was well away from the entrance when he was stopped.

The court heard McMillan works for a mobile phone company, and is studying part-time for a law degree.

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Deputy District Judge Joe Rice said it looked like the defendant had been doing his Christmas shopping at Asda's expense.

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