Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Alleged teenage burglar was 'incoherent and incompetent on drugs' when caught - court hears

An alleged teenage burglar was "incoherent and incompetent" on drugs when caught at the scene, court hears
An alleged teenage burglar was "incoherent and incompetent" on drugs when caught at the scene, court hears

An alleged teenage burglar was "incoherent and incompetent" on drugs when caught at the scene, the High Court heard today.

The youth and his co-accused both claimed they were inside the ransacked house in Craigavon, Co Armagh to hide from masked men chasing them.

Television sets and other large belongings had been shifted over to a broken window allegedly used by the pair to get inside.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified because of his age, faces charges of burglary and criminal damage over the raid on November 14.

Granting him bail, a judge ordered a report to be prepared on his mental health.

Police arrested the two accused at the house on Hillcrest Mews after hearing voices inside, the court heard.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, said: "Police noted that they were incoherent and incompetent in their activity," he said.

"Police believe they were taking substances in the property, described as anti-psychotic drugs."

Tony Lunny, defending, accepted his client has abused drugs, adding that he has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Mr Lunny told the court: "At the heart of all this is a problem with his mental health."

After hearing from the teenager's mother Mr Justice Horner decided to grant bail.

He also imposed a curfew, electronic monitoring and an alcohol and drugs ban.

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