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Belfast man wakes to find intruder shouting 'where's the DJ' claiming IRA membership, court told

Bail was refused
Bail was refused

By Alan Erwin

A man was allegedly kicked and punched about the head after waking to discover a suspected burglar in his house, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors claimed the intruder also struggled with the homeowner's partner and told the couple he was in the Continuity IRA.

Anthony Marley is accused of carrying out the break-in at Dunmore Park in north Belfast on December 2 last year.

The 30-year-old, of Queens Parade in the city, faces charges of attempted burglary, two counts of common assault, going equipped for theft and threats to damage property.

Crown lawyer Jonny Connolly said the householder had been sleeping on the sofa when he woke to discover a man in his living room shouting: "Where's the DJ, where's the DJ?"

During the ensuring commotion his partner came downstairs and joined in trying to restrain the intruder, the court was told.

Mr Connolly claimed the male victim was kicked to the face and punched several times to the head as they continued to grapple in the kitchen area.

A spanner and screwdriver were allegedly discovered and discarded by the householders.

According to the prosecution Marley issued a series of threats and repeatedly shouted that he was in the Continuity IRA.

He was arrested after police were called to the scene.

During interviews Marley said he thought he had called at a friend's house and denied either making any threats or owning a backpack allegedly discovered in the house.

He had been on bail, but was then returned to custody on suspicion of breaching a no-alcohol condition.

Defence barrister Sean Devine told the court Marley came to police attention when he intervened to stop a crime being committed against a woman, only to end up being stabbed in the leg.

"He would say that he was acting in a chivalrous way, but it came back to haunt him by being hospitalised and losing a week of his liberty."

But refusing to readmit Marley to bail, His Honour Judge Grant said: "He's been given the benefit of doubt on many occasions."

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