Could not recall stealing paddling pool from Tesco

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A 23-year-old man told police he could not remember stealing a paddling pool worth £20 from a Tesco store.

Brian Ward, whose address was given as Drumellan Gardens, Craigavon, was sentenced to three months in prison last 
Wednesday at the local magistrates’ court for the theft which happened on July 30 this 
year.

For criminal damage to a fence on March 15 he was sentenced to four months in custody.

Both sentences were suspended for 12 months.

The court heard on July 30 left Tescos without paying for the paddling 
pool.

Ward was identified through CCTV footage.

He told police he could not remember the incident because he had issues 
with drink and 
drugs.

On March 15 police 
received a report of the defendant removing several lengths of wood from a neighbour’s fence and throwing them on the pavement.

A barrister said that Ward’s record showed he had spent a considerable time in custody and these offences maybe could have been dealt with along with the other offences.

He added that he injured party in the criminal damage offence had now moved out of the area.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said the 
defendant had a record of some relevance.