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Man who stole chicken claims 'I'm in a movie'

A man who stole packets of chicken and then turned unruly in a hospital was jailed for nine months today.

Michael Scott also smashed potted plants and shoved a garage manager who confronted him over the theft.

As he left the dock at Belfast Magistrates' Court today he shouted: "It's not my fault, I'm in a movie."

The 28-year-old, of no fixed address, was charged with common assault, criminal damage, assault on police, disorderly behaviour and the theft of 16 packs of chicken.

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

After being challenged he threw plants at a car before banging his head against a stanchion.

He was taken to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald for treatment to his head injuries, only to become disorderly and abusive to staff.

Damage was caused to a hospital floor and work benches.

The court heard that Scott has amassed a criminal record with some 160 previous convictions.

Defence barrister Sean O'Hare said his client accepted full responsibility and was dealing with a number of personal problems. "He's his own worst enemy," Mr O'Hare said.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall imposed a five-month sentence for the chicken theft and lesser, concurrent terms for the assaults, criminal damage and disorderly behaviour.

However, she added a further four months by activating a previous suspended sentence.

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