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Man who allegedly fired stun gun at woman during Belfast burglary refused bail

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A man accused of a burglary where a stun gun was fired at one of two women tied together with a belt must remain in custody, a High Court judge ruled on Wednesday.

Marian-Cristian Filip was refused bail amid claims he previously escaped from police who found him hiding in a Belfast park four days later.

The 23-year-old Romanian national was allegedly among three men who broke into a flat on Ashley Avenue in the south of the city in December 2019.

The intruders grabbed one of two women staying there, trailing her upstairs breaking a strap on her clothing, according to police.

She was said to have been kicked around before mounting a bid to get out, only to be "Tasered" with a stun gun until she nearly passed out.

The two women were tied together with a belt and nearly £2,000 stolen from the property, a previous court was told.

Filip, with an address at Agincourt Avenue in Belfast, was arrested following alleged police identification.

He denies charges of aggravated burglary, grievous bodily harm with intent, threats to kill, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possessing a prohibited weapon, having a knife with intent to commit burglary, and criminal damage.

Filip had been out on bail, but returned to custody following further charges of criminal damage to an electronic monitoring tag and escaping from lawful custody in April last year.

He is accused of fleeing while being escorted to a PSNI vehicle.

Days later he was allegedly seen running towards Ormeau Park, where a police dog was brought in to find him.

A search operation resulted in him being located in an area of undergrowth in the park, the court was told.

As Filip sought release once again, defence barrister Barry McKenna submitted: "He took the head staggers and has paid a very heavy price for it."

Counsel argued that there is no forensic evidence linking his client to the burglary.

He also contended that Filip was not identified by witnesses in the case.

Denying bail, however, Mr Justice Humphreys highlighted allegations that the accused removed his tag on two occasions - one of which he claimed was caused by taking off a pair of skinny jeans.

"He also absconded from police and hid in undergrowth until he was eventually found," the judge said.

"The risk associated with this applicant cannot be properly managed by bail conditions."

Belfast Telegraph


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