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A supermarket thief who stole more than £2,000 worth of cosmetics and razors has been jailed for 14 months

A supermarket thief who stole more than £2,000 worth of cosmetics and razors has been jailed for 14 months

A supermarket thief who stole more than £2,000 worth of cosmetics and razors has been jailed for 14 months

A supermarket thief who stole more than £2,000 worth of cosmetics and razors has been jailed for 14 months.

Gerard O'Neill carried out high-value raids on Tesco and Asda stores in Co Antrim, using fire exits to make escapes.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard the 29-year-old also spat on a prison officer and smeared excrement on cell walls while detained on a different matter.

A defence barrister claimed he was the "fall guy" for crimes committed alongside others.

O'Neill, of Abbeyglen Crescent in Newtownabbey, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, motoring offences, criminal damage and two assaults on custody officers.

Electric razors and blades valued at £961 were stolen from an Asda branch in Ballyclare on December 4 last year.

Prosecutors described a separate theft of cosmetics worth £1,184 from Tesco in Crumlin on February 21.

On both occasions the men involved filled bags and left the stores through a fire escape.

O'Neill further admitted a burglary offence at a closed Spar store in Newtownabbey on January 7 this year. He was identified on CCTV footage showing a man entering and stealing food from the shop while an accomplice held deactivated doors open.

Defence counsel Declan Quinn said his client had committed "unsophisticated and chaotic" offences due to his drug-fuelled lifestyle. But based on an expert medical assessment, District Judge Fiona Bagnall ruled that O'Neill should be given immediate custody.

Belfast Telegraph