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Court told of addict’s restaurant theft bid

A drug addict who allegedly tried to raid a Japanese restaurant claimed he was there looking for work, the High Court has heard.

Seamus McCartan was spotted going through the pockets of a staff member's jacket and taking out tablets, according to the prosecution.

The 29-year-old, of Agincourt Avenue, Belfast, faces a charge of burglary over the alleged incident at Sakura Restaurant on the city's Botanic Avenue.

Police arrested him after being told a man had gone into the premises on October 28.

Nicola Auret, prosecuting, said an employee challenged the intruder, adding: “He has drug and alcohol problems, and on this occasion was rummaging through and interfering with tablets in the employee's coat pocket.”

Defence counsel Conor Maguire, confirming his client denied any burglary attempt, said: “He has set out to police that he had been at three restaurants that day and had asked for application forms.”

Refusing McCartan bail, Lord Justice Girvan said: “There is a real risk of reoffending.”

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