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Burglar (16) threatened to stab man, court hears

An alleged schoolboy burglar threatened to slit a homeowner's throat during a break-in, the High Court has heard.

The 16-year-old intruder was discovered by the victim and his family at their home in Downpatrick, prosecutors said.

He was wrestled to the ground and held until police arrived at the Ballydonnell Road property.

Phones, binoculars, a quantity of Caribbean dollars and a six-inch blade were allegedly found on the youth, who cannot be identified because of his age.

He faces a charge of aggravated burglary over the incident on April 8.

Barry Valentine, prosecuting, told a bail hearing: “During a struggle the male fell to the floor, he shouted and screamed ‘Let me up or I will slit your throat'.”

The teenage accused later claimed to have gone to the house after getting “paralytic” at a party and being beaten up.

He said he found a knife in a grass bank and took it in case his assailants came after him.

Defence counsel Richard McConkey argued that it was not necessary to keep his client in custody to protect the public.

He added: “He is still undergoing GCSE examinations.

“If his education is disrupted by remand in custody it may increase the likelihood of him not obtaining employment.”

Bail was granted on condition that the youth does not contact the victims or go near their home.

Mr Justice Stephens also imposed curfew and electronic monitoring conditions.

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