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Man stole £38,000 off his mother, court told

By Alan Erwin

A man stole £38,000 from his elderly mother to spend on gambling and drink, a court has heard.

Christopher Boyle is accused of taking the cash over the last 18 months.

The 57-year-old, formerly of Bawnmore Park in Newtownabbey, appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court on a charge of theft.

The alleged victim, his mother, is understood to be aged in her 80s.

A police officer said Boyle currently had nowhere else to live.

"All of the family members have declined to offer an address," he said.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall was told Boyle is classed as a vulnerable adult who suffers from schizophrenia.

She suggested that he could be released if a location approved by police can be identified.

Agreeing with the plan, the constable had also requested that a prohibition on drink be imposed.

"The alleged offence involved money which was used on gambling and alcohol," he told the court.

Judge Bagnall ruled that Boyle can be granted bail once a suitable address is found.

He is due to appear in court again on December 4.

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