Northern Ireland

Eamonn Magee given 12 months community service for theft

Eamonn Magee
Image caption Eamonn Magee admitted stealing two bottles of champagne from an Asda store

Former world boxing champion Eamonn Magee has been ordered to complete 12 months community service for stealing two bottles of champagne.

Magee, 40, pleaded guilty in August to the theft from an Asda store on the Shore Road in north Belfast in October 2008.

The ex-WBU welterweight title holder, from Rashee Drive, Ballyclare, had originally denied the charge.

The champagne was valued at £55.80.

Magee, known as The Terminator during a professional career which included 33 fights, captured the WBU belt following earlier Commonwealth success.

He was the first boxer to floor fellow ex-world champion Ricky Hatton, even though he went on to lose that bout on a split decision.

Since his retirement from the ring four years ago he has worked as a trainer at the famous Breen's Gym in Belfast.

District Judge Ken Nixon imposed the community service order after pre-sentence reports were prepared.

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