Northern Ireland

Homeless man jailed for a week for begging in Belfast

A homeless man who admitted begging in Belfast has been jailed for a week after being unable to pay a fine.

Piotr Dabrowski, 58, could not pay the £80 imposed for the offence when he appeared at the city's Magistrates Court.

The district judge refused to give him a conditional discharge saying he had two other begging convictions and that it was clear they had not deterred him.