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Pink pillowcase shop raid accused - Belfast judge asks for medical report

ALAN ERWIN

A High Court judge has ordered full details on medical care being provided to a man accused of robbing a Belfast off-licence with a pink pillowcase over his head.

Mr Justice Stephens directed prison authorities to provide a report after being told defendant Michael Cassidy is a paranoid schizophrenic.

He said he had to balance the protection of shop owners from raiders high on drugs against the need to ensure proper medical attention in custody for the accused.

Cassidy (19), of Shaftesbury Avenue, Belfast, is seeking bail on charges connected to the alleged hold-up of premises on Cromac Street.

He is accused of robbing the off-licence of cash, bottles of vodka and beer. He faces further counts of having an offensive weapon, namely a baseball bat.

Cassidy denies being the man seen in CCTV images allegedly demanding money after pulling the pillowcase up over his head.

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