Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Bailed teen 'burgled store again'

A teenager accused of burgling a store while on bail for allegedly targeting the same business a few weeks earlier has again been released on bail — despite police objections.

A police officer warned Belfast Magistrates Court that he believed Henry Hayes, from New Lodge Road in Belfast, would continue to commit further offences if released on bail.

The 18-year-old father-of-one appeared in court yesterday charged with the burglary of Holmes cash and carry on the Hillview Road in Belfast in July, during which he stole cigarettes.

He was also charged with causing criminal damage to a metal fence, a fire door and a metal shutter at the store.

The police officer told district judge Fiona Bagnall that the alleged offences occurred while Hayes was on bail for similar offences at the same premises a few weeks earlier.

“Police would have no confidence that he would abide by bail and not reoffend,” he added.

The teenager’s solicitor told the court that Hayes had never been in prison before and to remand him in custody would “have ramifications on his young son”.

Ms Bagnall said she could understand the concerns of police but agreed to release Hayes on his own bail of £500, a £250 surety and conditions.

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