Burglaries accused remanded in custody
An alleged teenage car thief has been remanded in custody accused of breaking into two houses in west Belfast.
The 16-year-old youth, who cannot be identified, was arrested in connection with raids on properties in the Blacks Road and Hannahstown areas on Monday. He appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts of burglary and stealing a Skoda Fabia from one homeowner.
The teenager is alleged to have taken the woman's car keys, along with £450 cash, an iPad and mobile phone. He is accused of lifting tablets and a photograph from the house on Blacks Road.
A second burglary was carried out the same day at Spruce Hill in the city. It is claimed that the youth stole a hammer, set of keys, a mobile phone and two watches in that theft.
Asked if he understood the charges, the youth replied: "Yes."
No bail application was made due to an issue about the availability of a possible address. District Judge Fiona Bagnall remanded the accused in custody to appear again on Friday.