A Portadown man who took a trailer to cover a debt he was owed was prosecuted for theft at Craigavon Magistrates Court.
Twenty six year old Gairod Derry, of Tallbridge Road, Portadown, admitted he stole a trailer to the value of £7,000 between May 31 and July 1 last year.
The court heard that on August 31 the injured party reported the theft to police.
He said that a month earlier the defendant had phoned him to say he had taken the trailer in payment for a debt. The victim said he had a cheque for £2,000 but could never get Derry to come and collect it.
The defendant said he sold the trailer. Derry admitted taking it without permission and selling it without permission.
A barrister representing Derry said it was a naive way of doing business.
He added that the defendant sold it for £3,000 but the injured party would say the trailer was worth £7,000.
The barrister said that the pre-sentence report showed Derry had never been in trouble before. He had now cut all ties with the injured party. The reason he had gone into the yard was because he was trying to contact the injured party without any joy.
The barrister said he understood the injured party was about to go bankrupt and the defendant would never see his money. Derry was ashamed of his actions.
District Judge, Mr Alan White, said it was a very strange case but the defendant went about collecting the debt in entirely the wrong way.
He gave him 100 hours community service and ordered him to pay £1,000 compensation to the injured party.