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Serial thief jailed for stealing jar of mussels and £1 packet of sweets


Michael McNally was jailed for two months

Michael McNally was jailed for two months

Michael McNally was jailed for two months

A serial thief with more than 300 convictions has been jailed for stealing a jar of mussels and a £1 packet of sweets.

Michael McNally appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Saturday after stealing from a filling station on Friday.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of trespassing with intent to steal, possession of cannabis and disorderly behaviour.

A prosecution lawyer told the court McNally went into the service station on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast where he was seen by staff taking items and leaving.

They called the police and when he was searched officers found a packet of sweets and a jar of mussels along with a small amount of cannabis in his jacket pocket.

His solicitor told the court he took the sweets and shellfish to eat as he had no money due his benefits not coming through.

He added that McNally suffered from mental health issues and was damaged by the abuse of glue when a youth.

“It’s a classic case of desperation,” he said, asking for him to be given credit for his early guilty plea.

Sentencing McNally, of Clifton Park Avenue in the north of the city, he also activated a previous one month suspended sentence for theft.

He was given two months on each charge, to run concurrently, fined £60 plus an offenders levy of £25.

Belfast Telegraph