Man stole suitcase to fund heroin habit

Arrest made
Arrest made

A 36-year-old man stole a suitcase from a store to get money to fund his heroin habit, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Friday.

Emanuel Oliveria, Churchill Park, Portadown, admitted the theft from TK Maxx on March 25 last year.

The court heard he was seen lifting the suitcase and walking out of the store without paying.

A barrister for Oliveria said he had a long-term heroin problem.

He was the subject of two active suspended sentences and he had received custodial sentences in the past.

He explained, however, that the defendant had since been weaned off heroin and after work each day called for his daily dose of medication before going home.

The barrister added that on this occasion in his drug-addled state he stole the suitcase to get money for heroin.

Deputy District Judge, Mr Gerry Trainor, said that Oliveria had clearly sought help but that he was in the “last chance hotel”.

He deferred sentence in the case until March 26, warning the defendant that if he got into any trouble he would be sent to prison.