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Man took alcohol and pills and jumped into Portrush Harbour and after being rescued went shoplifting to replace his wet clothing

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A man who downed alcohol and painkillers before jumping into Portrush harbour was pulled out by a member of the public and then walked into a shop and changed out of his wet clothes before stealing new garments.

Wesley McLucas (23), of Silverstream Court in Bushmills, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday in relation to theft which occurred last June.

The court heard the defendant took alcohol and twenty Tramadol tablets and had jumped into Portrush harbour but was rescued by a man and McLucas had then gone to The White House store in the town “to get a change of clothes” and stole items worth £45.

In another incident, in May last year, McLucas had set fire to a ‘special risk blanket” at a police cell. He had previously concealed a disposable lighter “upon his person”.

Sentencing had been deferred from last summer and at Monday’s court defence barrister Francis Rafferty said his client has been engaging with agencies and had stayed out of trouble.

District Judge Liam McNally adjourned sentencing until May saying he wanted to hear that McLucas had paid £95 compensation for the damaged blanket and stolen clothing and that he had also kept out of trouble or else the defendant would be going to jail.

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