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Alleged burglar 'raided Belfast golf club dressed in a pink dressing gown', court hears

By Alan Erwin

An alleged burglar carried out a morning raid on a Belfast golf club while wearing a pink dressing gown, the High Court heard on Thursday.

Prosecutors said one of two men accused of stealing cash from Ormeau Golf Club last week was identified on CCTV footage with the robe on him.

Details emerged as bail was refused to his co-defendant.

Gerard Magee, of Parkend Street in the city, faces a count of burglary with intent to steal over the break-in.

The 34-year-old is further charged with the theft of three packets of make-up foundation from a Boots store three days later.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, said an Ormeau Golf Club representative reported £70 had been taken from a cash float in the bar on February 5.

Money was also stolen from a charity box, while two lockers in the male changing room had been forced open.

Police examined CCTV footage and saw two men breaking into the premises at around 8.30am.

Officers were said to have recognised Magee from the images.

On February 10 police returned to the golf club to be shown items of clothing.

Mr Maguire added: "On further viewing of the CCTV footage a co-accused is clearly seen wearing a pink dressing gown while committing the burglary."

Magee was arrested and charged with the raid and the separate shoplifting incident at Boots.

Defence counsel Conn O'Neill argued that there were question marks over the validity of recognition evidence in the case.

But denying bail, Mr Justice Colton cited the risk of re-offending.

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