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Man took drugs during custody process, courts told

A man tried to take drugs hidden inside him while in custody for an alleged attempted robbery, a court heard today.

Anthony Wylie is accused of brandishing a knife and trying to seize a wallet from a man in Belfast on Boxing Day.

The 21-year-old, of Kansas Avenue in the city, faces charges of possessing an offensive weapon with intent, having a quantity of cocaine, and attempted robbery.

Opposing bail at Belfast Magistrates' Court, a police constable claimed Wylie poses a high risk of re-offending and causing harm to the public.

"He has drug addiction issues and carries weapons and knives, including an almost nine-inch bladed knife in this incident," she claimed.

"He has been under the influence of drugs and continued to take drugs concealed inside him throughout the custody process."

District Judge Bernadette Kelly was told Wylie was then taken to hospital for an intimate search.

"He continued to be obstructive and aggressive," the officer added.

Wylie's solicitor, Katie McAllister, argued that he has provided an alibi for the suspected robbery bid.

"He said he was in his sister's house asleep at the time of this alleged incident," she said.

But refusing bail, Judge Kelly remanded him in custody to appear again by video-link on January 4. ends

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