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Alleged car thief wanted for five years 'arrested at Belfast International Airport'

By Alan Erwin

An alleged car thief wanted for more than five years was arrested at Belfast International Airport, the High Court heard today.

A fingerprint hit led to Andrew Coulter being detained last week as he arrived on a flight from Amsterdam, prosecutors revealed.

The 26-year-old, with an address at Merok Crescent, Belfast, faces a series of charges over separate offences stretching back to 2008.

He is accused of taking a car without consent and interference with a motor vehicle.

Further allegations against him involve criminal damage to a Honda Civic he tried to steal in the Craigavon area in 2012.

During a bail application prosecuting counsel Conor Maguire said bench warrants had been issued for his arrest.

The barrister disclosed that a fingerprint was recovered from the scene of the alleged attempted theft two years ago.

"It was on foot of that alert that the applicant was arrested coming through the International Airport on a flight from Amsterdam on May 22," Mr Maguire said.

He confirmed, however, that police were not opposing Coulter's release.

Mr Justice Treacy was told the accused is now believed to have settled at his current address.

Granting bail, the judge ordered Coulter to surrender his passport.

A night-time curfew and electronic tagging conditions were also imposed.

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