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Man jailed for stealing catering equipment at TV red carpet premiere

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A man has been jailed for four months after stealing catering equipment from a red carpet function to promote popular Northern Irish sitcom Derry Girls.

Adam Raymond McDaid admitted stealing £1,560 worth of equipment from the premiere at Londonderry’s Guildhall on Monday night.

The 24-year-old also pleaded guilty to stealing a blue BMW jacket, a toolbox and to assaulting a police officer.

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According to the BBC, Londonderry Magistrate’s Court was told that McDaid, who has 141 previous criminal convictions, had only been released from prison on licence last month.

The court heard that he stole the items from a catering trolley during the Guildhall event, where members of the show’s cast had earlier mixed with fans.

He was challenged by Guildhall workers who, along with other guests at the function, chased him across the street before he entered a bingo hall and locked himself in a disabled toilet.

After his arrest, McDaid was taken into custody, where he became increasingly aggressive and headbutted a police officer.

The BBC quoted a defence solicitor as saying that the catering company he stole from was “catering for the great and the good, among them city councillors, following the screening of parts of the second series of the Derry Girls”.

The solicitor said McDaid was “wandering outside the Guildhall drunk and under the influence of drugs and he seized the opportunity from his point of view”.

“He was certainly not aware of the fact that the cutlery items were valued at over £1,500. He also cunningly stole the blue BMW jacket and put it on before stealing the knives, in that he was aware that people wearing such jackets were bringing equipment into and out of the Guildhall. Apart from the serious assault on the police officer, there was an element of comedy about the whole thing,” the solicitor added.

The district judge overseeing the case said: “It is fortunate for the catering company that all of the stolen items belonging to them were recovered and fit for use.”

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