A 42-year-old man who stole over 200 LOL dolls from a toy store at a South Belfast shopping centre was jailed today for the “brazen” theft.

Stephen Casement, from Avoca Street in Belfast, was handed a 16-month sentence after he admitted stealing LOL dolls valued at £2,796.75 from Smyth’s Toys.

He appeared at a remote hearing of Downpatrick Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, via a videolink with Maghaberry, where he was informed his sentence will be divided equally between custody and licence.

As the theft occurred when Casement was under suspended sentences, Judge Miller imposed an additional nine months on today’s sentence for breaching the court orders. The sentencing means Casement will serve 12 and a half months in jail.