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'Clownish' Belfast bike thief's bid for bail is rejected

By Alan Erwin

A man jjailed for stealing a bicycle from a Belfast shopping complex carried out a "clownish" theft, the High Court has heard.

Part of a holding rack was still attached to the back wheel of the £600 bike Grahame Jellie took from the city centre's CastleCourt.

On Monday he was imprisoned for seven months for theft, criminal damage, going equipped for theft and breach of a previous suspended sentence.

With the sentence imposed at Belfast Magistrates Court set to be appealed, his lawyers sought bail until that hearing next week.

Jellie (34), of Donegall Parade, Belfast, was arrested minutes after the theft took place on June 24.

Bolt-cutters, pliers and a combination padlock were discovered in his rucksack and staff from CastleCourt had already recovered the bike and returned it to the shopping centre.

It was confirmed yesterday that Jellie's appeal is on sentence only. He is not contesting his guilt. In his bail application defence barrister Michael Boyd argued: "It was not the most sophisticated crimes.

"It was a fairly clownish attempt to take this bike with half the rack hanging off the back." However, Mr Justice Weir refused to release him pending appeal.

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