Thief with “extremely low intelligence” sentenced

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A “highly susceptible” thief who went with a friend to rob his local shop when they ran out of money and cigarettes after partying in a house opposite was today sentenced to four-and-a-half years.

Belfast Crown Court heard that despite being arrested 10 minutes after the robbery, Matthew McKee was not fit to be interviewed until a day-and-a-half after the incident.

The shop’s owner, a women in her 50s, was so upset by the robbery that she sold her business and was out of work for nine months, prompting Judge David McFarland to comment that shops of this kind served the local community and the courts would protect both owners and members of staff.


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