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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.”

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