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Burglary accused's prints 'on stolen vase'

An alleged burglar claimed his fingerprints were on a neighbour's stolen and smashed vase because he swept up broken glass, the High Court has heard.

Adam Dunlop, a 19-year-old suspected drug addict, is accused of breaking into the east Belfast house just before Christmas.

A PlayStation 3 games console, prescription drugs, money and the vase were all stolen during the December 21 raid.

Dunlop, of Belmont Avenue in the city, faces charges of burglary and theft from a dwelling.

During his failed application for bail the court was told witnesses claimed to have seen him crouching outside the targeted house surrounded by broken glass and picking up change.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, said Dunlop's fingerprints were detected on fragments later identified as being from the stolen vase.

Forensic tests are also being carried out on blood samples as part of the investigation.

Dunlop denies involvement and claims he was at home and then working on the afternoon of the burglary.

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