Judge bans man accused of theft from entering every single Boots store in NI

A man who allegedly raided a Boots store in Belfast is to be barred from all of its branches in Northern Ireland, a judge ordered today.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 12:12 pm
The defendant is banned from entering any Boots store in NI

Shane Brett, 25, had already been excluded from any city centre shops signed up to a retail crime prevention scheme.

But the prohibition was extended as he appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court to face a new charge of burgling Boots on Donegall Place.

Brett, with a previous address at a hostel in Larne, is accused of stealing £90 worth of razors from the store last Sunday.

The court heard he had been on bail at the time for a similar alleged offence against Boots.

In August last year he was served with an exclusion order which covers any shops in Belfast displaying the Retail Crimewatch logo.

Defence solicitor Eoghan McKenna said Brett is dealing with “dramatic underlying addictions” and accommodation problems.

He indicated, however, that the accused may now be able to live with his partner in the Lisburn area.

District Judge Ted Magill agreed to release Brett on bail again “with considerable misgivings” to an address approved by police.

Mr Magill ordered: “He is to be excluded from every Boots store in Northern Ireland, every single one.

“And he’s not to enter Belfast city centre, as per the map that he already has.”

Adjourning the case to April 14, the judge warned Brett: “You’re running out of chances. Breach this bail and it is extremely unlikely you will not just go straight into custody and stay there.”