A THIEVING fisherman drunkenly exposed himself in front of supermarket staff because of a language mix-up, a court has been told.
Irmantas Brazaitis, of Talbot Street, Newry, dropped his trousers and removed his underwear after Tesco workers detained him for stealing sausage meat.
Police who were called to the store on the town's Downshire Road on April 4 were told the 34-year-old Lithuanian had exposed himself to five men and two women.
When he was interviewed, the defendant told officers staff ordered him to remove his trousers. He claimed he had taken off his underwear because the word 'trousers' means 'pants' in Lithuanian.
The shoplifter also stressed he had no idea female staff could see him.
Brazaitis, who was recorded on CCTV stealing £2 of sausage meat, admitted indecent behaviour and theft.
A defence solicitor said the crime was fuelled by booze.
District judge, Eamonn King, warned the defendant about his drinking.
Brazaitis was fined £365.