Belfast thieves Kingston and McFadden jailed
Two Belfast men have each been jailed for 15 months for a spate of burglaries across south Belfast.
Aaron Trotman Kingston of City Way and Ryan Robert McFadden, formerly of Dunluce Avenue, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to five burglaries between them, attempted burglary, attempted burglary with intent and handling stolen goods.
McFadden, who had six drug convictions, also pleaded guilty to having four diazepam tablets.
Prosecutor Mark Farrell told the court that the first burglary took place at 12.30am on January 20 this year at a house in Camden Street. A man's wallet, watch and keys were stolen.
Three hours later a neighbour in the same street rang 999 and said an intruder was trying to get into his bedroom. The burglar fled and it was discovered items including an iPad, laptop and money were missing.
Later that day, there was a burglary on the Lisburn Road and two attempted break-ins at flats on Fitzwilliam Street.
Mr Farrell said police recovered stolen items from the defendants' addresses later. The court heard both defendants had 66 convictions each for offences such as burglary and theft.
Kingston's defence barrister Stephen Toal told the court their motivation was "drugs from the very start".
McFadden's barrister Joel Lindsay said: "If you drew a circle on a map, all the burglaries took place within a short space from where he was living.
"He got himself involved with a den of vipers, a nest of vipers who were living together, using drugs and committing burglaries."