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Pair in court accused of shopping centre raid

By Alan Erwin

Published 11/10/2016

Two Belfast men have been remanded in custody accused of carrying out a £1,100 shopping centre robbery before trying to escape on a stolen motorbike
Two Belfast men have been remanded in custody accused of carrying out a £1,100 shopping centre robbery before trying to escape on a stolen motorbike

Two Belfast men have been remanded in custody accused of carrying out a £1,100 shopping centre robbery before trying to escape on a stolen motorbike.

Ryan McMahon (20) and Joseph Duffy (30) have been charged with 23 offences between them in connection with the raid on the Park Centre in west Belfast last Friday night.

The pair were arrested after security staff confronted two suspects attempting to flee, one of whom was allegedly carrying a knife.

They appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday, jointly charged with robbing a New Look store of a cash till containing just over £1,100 and possessing Class C Tramadol drugs.

They are also both accused of criminal damage and the aggravated taking of a Suzuki motorcycle said to have been driven dangerously at the shopping centre.

McMahon, of St James Road in the city, faces additional charges of possessing an offensive weapon with intent, two counts of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, threats to kill, driving when unfit through drink or drugs, and two assaults on female police officers.

Duffy, from Lenadoon Avenue, is further charged with the theft of clothing and handbags valued at £185.91 from New Look.

Both of the accused spoke only to confirm that they understood the charges.

District Judge Peter King was told neither defendant was seeking bail at this stage.

The judge remanded the pair in custody to appear again later this week, when applications are expected to be made.

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