Burglary accused’s 'hopeless' bail bid
A teenager accused of burgling two schools was later subjected to a paramilitary punishment shooting, the High Court has heard.
Matthew McKee was allegedly involved in a raid on Holy Family Primary School in north Belfast when a set of car keys was taken.
The 18-year-old, of Carlisle Road, Belfast, is also accused of a break-in at St Malachy's College during which a laptop computer and projector were seized.
Further offences were allegedly committed during a crime-spree between November last year and March, according to prosecutors.
During his bail application, it emerged he was the victim of a punishment attack in February.
His barrister Declan Quinn said he was shot in the leg.
He added: “Due to his remand in custody he has missed two appointments as regards X-rays.”
The barrister confirmed McKee denies some of the offences.
But refusing bail, Mr Justice McCloskey likened his alleged crimes to that of “a hardened criminal”.
He said: “It is difficult to conceive of a more hopeless application for bail.”