Per­fume thief has to wait to learn his fate

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A light-fin­gered yob stole a quan­tity of per­fume from Boots dur­ing a shoplift­ing spree.

Re­peat of­fender Kevin Mc­Der­mott, 41, lifted the fra­grances from the store at Brae­head Shop­ping Cen­tre, while ac­com­pa­nied by a group of others.

Mc­Der­mott ad­mit­ted swip­ing the scent when he ap­peared in the dock at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court be­fore Sher­iff David Pen­der.

De­fence agent Andy Bro­phy said: “The sit­u­a­tion is that he is plead­ing guilty to the sub­stan­tive charge after agree­ment with Crown.”

Fis­cal de­pute Saud Has­san con­firmed the prose­cu­tion was ac­cept­ing his ad­mis­sion of guilt to the shoplift­ing of­fence, while a not guilty plea re­gard­ing an­other mat­ter was also agreed.

Court pa­pers re­veal Mc­Der­mott, of Gree­nend Ave nu e, Jo h n s t o n e, ad­mit­ted steal­ing a quan­tity of fra­grance at Boots while act­ing with others whose iden­ti­ties are un­know.

How­ever the cash value of the per­fume has not been dis­closed, and sen­tenc­ing on Mc­Der­mott was ad­journed for back­ground re­ports given his record of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

Mr Bro­phy added Mc­Der­mott had been well be­haved since the shoplift­ing episode.

He said: “This was the last time he had been in trou­ble. He has had com­mu­nity pay­back or­ders im­posed be­fore which he suc­cess­fully com­pleted.”

Sher­iff Pen­der said: “I am go­ing to call for re­ports in the mean­time, given the na­ture of the of­fend­ing, there­fore I don’t think it would be ap­pro­pri­ate to deal with the mat­ter to­day.

“I will ad­journ for four weeks to ob­tain a Crim­i­nal Jus­tice So­cial Work Re­port.”

Mc­Der­mott will learn his fate when he re­turns to court next month.

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