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Alleged thief 'stole smart phone from disabled man'

An alleged thief targeted a disabled man to steal his £300 smart phone, the High Court heard today.

David Weir (30) is accused of fleeing from a Belfast hotel with the device after borrowing it from the wheelchair user victim.

Weir, of Berlin Street in the city, faces a charge of theft over the incident on June 29.

It was claimed during a bail hearing that he approached the victim and his partner at Jury's Inn and first offered them drugs.

Kate McKay, prosecuting, said the offer was refused before the man agreed to lend Weir his phone.

"The man in the wheelchair asked his partner to accompany this gentleman to make sure he didn't make off with his phone," she told the court.

"But unfortunately that's exactly what he did do."

Weir was later arrested and told police he couldn't remember anything about the incident.

He claimed, however, that he bought the phone for £20 from a group of men outside the Art College campus.

Refusing bail, Mr Justice Weir ruled: "There is a well-developed risk that if released on bail he would commit further offences."

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