A 27-year-old heroin addict who admitted two theft cases had his sentencing deferred for four months last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.
But Vitor Hugo De Oliveira, Garvaghy Road, Portadown, was warned that if he committed any offences in that period then custody was inevitable.
He had admitted stealing two Yankee candles, valued at £39.98, from Hallmark in Portadown on March 18 and unlawful possession of cannabis resin.
De Oliveira also pleaded guilty to the theft of two bottles of aftershave from Debenhams in Rushmere Shopping Centre on February 15.
The court heard that on March 18 he left Hallmark with the two candles beneath his jumper. He was stopped in Park Road and said the candles had been given to him by his girlfriend.
The defendant then made off into a nearby park and police lost sight of him. He ran into a house on the Garvaghy Road and was located in an upstairs bathroom. When he was searched a small quantity of cannabis resin fell from his person.
De Oliveira said he stole the candles to get money for food and that the cannabis resin was for his own use.
On February 15 he stole the aftershave from Debenhams. He said his benefits had not started since he got out of jail and he had no money.
A barrister representing De Oliveira said he stole to feed his heroin addiction and he had good times and bad times.
He added that he had been in custody recently and had been trying to deal with his addiction. A pre-sentence report had rated him as a high risk of re-offending.
District Judge Mr Mervyn Bates said the defendant’s behaviour was concerning but there was some evidence of him engaging with the community addictions team and he would give him a chance.