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Bail is denied to Beechlawn Hotel theft accused

BY ALAN ERWIN

A man accused of a "sophisticated" hotel room burglary claimed he hadn't been there in five years, the High Court has heard.

Michael McGrory is alleged to have stolen £380 from a guest at the Beechlawn Hotel in Dunmurry, near Belfast.

The cash had been in a handbag left in the bathroom of a room looking out on to a fire escape, prosecutors said.

Fingerprints found on a window frame following the May 25 raid were checked against a list of guests and staff.

McGrory (27), of Nansen Street, Belfast, was arrested and charged with burglary after a match was made with his prints.

He denies the allegation, telling police he had neither stayed at nor worked in the hotel.

Opposing his application for bail, prosecution barrister Stephanie Boyd raised issues about where he would be living if released.

A defence lawyer accepted there is a prima facie case against McGrory.

Bail was refused amid uncertainty over McGrory's address.

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