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Boy accused of burglaries has Xbox seized

A 13-year-old boy charged with a series of burglaries must surrender his Xbox games console as part of bail conditions, a High Court judge has ordered.

Mr Justice McLaughlin told the youth it would show him what it was like to have something he valued taken from him.

The suspect, who cannot be identified because of his age, faces five counts of burglary and one of attempted burglary in the Downpatrick area. Premises allegedly targeted between March and May this year include a high school, shopping centre and a house. It is claimed that two electric drills and a mobile phone were stolen during the spate of break-ins.

The accused appeared for his bail application via a video-link with the Young Offenders' Centre.

He was asked by the judge what he owned that meant a lot to him. When the youth told him about his games system the order was made that it should be given up to the authorities.

Mr Justice McLaughlin directed: "He is to hand over his Xbox to police within two days of his release.

"That will be returned (to him) when these charges are disposed of."

The judge also imposed electronic tagging and banned him from having any contact with his co-accused.

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