A Portrush man who stole a mobile phone worth £140 from his partner appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on May 10 and has been ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid work.
Arthur Hanson (31), of Mark Street, committed the offence last November.
Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said the couple have been together for 15 years and have had “ups and downs”.
The court heard the defendant claimed he had not “intentionally” stolen the phone.
Mr Rafferty said the guilty plea was entered “in the spirit of pragmatic compromise”.