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Man’s blood ‘found at theft scene’

A trail of blood led police to a man suspected of breaking into a business premises in east Belfast, the High Court has heard.

Garth Ferguson (25) is accused of burglary and stealing a laptop computer last month.

Prosecutors said a keyholder was alerted when an alarm went off at Ravenhill Business Park early on February 17.

Drawers and furniture in the unit targeted were said to have been rummaged through.

Crown counsel Sheena Mahaffey said: “A blood trail was discovered on the carpet going around the desks on the ground floor.”

Opposing bail, she told the court swab tests confirmed it to have come from Ferguson, of Saintfield Road, Belfast.

“He was arrested and could offer no explanation as to how his blood swabs were recovered at the scene of the burglary.”

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Barry Gibson, defending, outlined long-term difficulties in his client's family background.

However, Mr Gibson added: “His mother has come forward for the first time and offered him accommodation in Portrush.”

She was also prepared to be a surety in a bid to secure her son's release, the court heard.

But refusing bail, Mr Justice Hart ruled: “There is clearly a very high risk indeed of further offending.”

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