'Habitual thief' is refused bail over stolen cards
A man described in court as a "habitual thief" has been remanded into custody accused of stealing almost £100 worth of cards.
Objecting to Joseph Anthony Hughes (25) being released on bail, a police officer told Belfast Magistrates Court on Saturday that he believed there was a "serious risk of re-offending" if he was freed.
Describing Hughes as a "habitual thief" who would travel throughout Northern Ireland to offend, the officer revealed that Hughes has 71 previous convictions for theft as well as other offences of dishonesty and that he faces a "lengthy custodial sentence" after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit robbery in the last week.
Hughes, from Duncairn Parade in north Belfast, is charged with stealing money wallets worth £97 from Cardland on February 28 this year.
The police officer told the court that Hughes' latest offences were allegedly committed whilst he was on bail and on supervised licence for similar offences.
He is due to appear again in court on March 7.