Alleged burglar so 'deranged' on drugs he had to be hit with Taser stun gun, court hears
An alleged burglar was so "deranged" on drugs he had to be hit with a Taser stun gun, the High Court heard today.
Police only managed to detain Jackie Kirkwood after he had caused £10,000 worth of damage to an unoccupied pensioner's house in Lisburn, Co Antrim, it was claimed.
The 38-year-old is also accused of smashing his way into the neighbouring home of a mother with a disabled child the same night.
Kirkwood, of Mersey Street in Belfast, faces charges of aggravated burglary and burglary with intent to steal on July 24.
Refusing his application for bail, Lord Justice Gillen described the alleged offences as "absolutely terrifying".
The defendant allegedly gained entry to the woman's house on Tirowen Way by kicking in glass panels around the front door.
Prosecution counsel Philip Henry said she was woken by the noise and screamed at Kirkwood to leave after discovering him in her hallway.
He then allegedly went next door and broken into the home of a retired 74-year-old man who was away at the time.
When police arrived they noticed he had a knife with a six inch blade, the court heard.
Mr Henry said an armed response unit was called to the scene as Kirkwood continued throw items around the house.
The accused remained inside during a two-hour operation which ended in his arrest.
"Essentially he destroys the inside of the property, smashing virtually every window in the house and damaging every room, throwing furniture out the windows," the prosecutor said.
"He injured himself in the process, there was heavy blood staining to every single room. It's estimated the damage caused is in the region of £10,000."
The court was told police were set to enter the property, but instead detained Kirkwood as he tried to exit through an upstairs window.
He later claimed to have been at a party and taken a white powdered substance believing it was cocaine.
Instead, he said, it made him feel paranoid and fearing he was being chased.
According to Kirkwood's account he went into the woman's home crying for help - a claim disputed by the prosecution.
"The injured party in that address was extremely distressed by the incident," Mr Henry added.
Richard McConkey, defending, said Kirkwood thought he had been taking a Class A substance that night.
"It transpired that he believes the drug was something entirely different and led to him behaving in an outrageous and bizarre way," the barrister said.
Mr McConkey also questioned how it could be proven Kirkwood had any intention to steal from the houses.
He contended: "When in there he's in such a deranged state that when police catch up with him he has to be Tasered.
"Whatever he had consumed, he wasn't in a position to behave rationally."
But bail was denied based on the risk of re-offending.
"This is an absolutely hopeless application," Lord Justice Gillen said.
He said it had been "absolutely terrifying for a young single mother with a child suffering a disability to be confronted by a man in the early hours of the morning who kicked through panels to get into her house".
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