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Belfast man Christopher Riley jailed over break-ins

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Belfast man has been jailed after he admitted two break-ins in the west of the city.

Belfast Crown Court heard that Christopher Riley (25) and a co-accused, who was not before the court, targeted St John's GAA Club on the Whiterock Road and Glenalina Nursing Home on the Springfield Road in the early hours of November 17, 2015.

During the break-in at the nursing home, a resident and a member of staff were pushed out of the way by the duo as they fled.

After admitting involvement, Riley, from Rosemary House on the Falls Road, was handed a two-and-a-half year sentence by Judge Patricia Smyth.

He will spend half in prison with the remainder on licence after release.

A prosecutor said that Riley and his co-accused gained entry to the GAA club via the roof of the changing room.

Once inside, the pair stole a "significant amount" of alcohol.

They also targeted the nursing home, but fled when a resident disturbed them.

Police were called and two men matching the description of the intruders were arrested in the area.

Defence barrister Richard McConkey said drink and drugs were "inextricably linked" to Riley's offending, adding he has been in custody since November 2015.

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