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Pensioner mugging accused is denied bail

By John Cassidy

A man charged over the "street mugging'' of a pensioner has been refused bail after a judge said the defendant's mother was "at the end of her tether with his drinking''.

Barry Atkinson (20), of Bentinck Street, Belfast, was arrested last year over the robbery of Sydney Beattie Nicholl in Belfast city centre.

Prosecuting solicitor Joseph Murphy told Belfast Crown Court that on August 14, 2013, the victim, who is in his 70s and suffers from dementia, reported to police that he had been mugged by two men as he sat in Fountain Street.

The prosecution solicitor said Atkinson was subsequently released on bail, but breached his bail conditions by drinking alcohol and had also been caught with 50 diazepam tablets last September – and received a caution for the offence.

Judge Fowler QC said he was refusing bail given Atkinson's continued breaches of his bail conditions.

He added: "Your mother is at the end of her tether with your consumption of alcohol. Bail is refused.''

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