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Teen accused of stealing car from west Belfast convent must not go near retreat, court hears

By Alan Erwin

Published 20/04/2015


A 15-year-old boy accused of stealing a car from a west Belfast convent must not go near the retreat, a judge ordered today.

The prohibition was imposed on him as part of tight conditions under which he was granted bail.

The youth, who cannot be identified, is charged with burgling the Sisters of Adoration's residence on the Falls Road to steal a Ford Fiesta.

He is further accused of dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to the car, using a motor vehicle without insurance and driving whilst disqualified by reason of age.

All of the alleged offences occurred last Thursday night.

As he appeared before Belfast Youth Court today a separate charge of stealing five iPads from a primary school near his north Belfast home in January was also put to him.

District Judge George Conner granted an application for the teenager to be released on bail.

He must not possess any illegal drugs, alcohol or so-called legal highs.

Judge Conner also banned him from being in any car unless driven by a relative or representative of the Youth Justice Agency.

The accused was told to abide by an exclusion zone in the city and specifically prohibited from entering the Adoration Chapel.

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