A man has been jailed for nine months for stealing a tortoise and a homeless man’s mobile phone. David Weir took the tortoise from a Belfast pet store and sold it for £60 to feed his alcohol addiction, Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard. The tortoise, valued at £250, was stolen in August last year.
A defence lawyer told the court it was fit and well the last time Weir saw it. However, it was accepted that the defendant did not know where it was now. Judge Perry said that it could not have got very far.
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