Belfast Telegraph

Burglary accused denies pub blood link

By Alan Erwin

An alleged pub burglar linked by blood found at the crime scene was a regular who suffered drug-taking nosebleeds, the High Court has heard.

Patrick Bell told police any forensic connection could be explained by his cocaine habit.

The 32-year-old is accused of breaking into the bar and restaurant on the Omagh Road in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone, and stealing a poker machine.

Bell, of Woodbourne Crescent, Dungannon, denies a charge of burgling the premises on February 19.

The machine was taken after a front door window was smashed.

During a bail application, prosecution counsel said Bell was arrested after blood found on the floor of the bar was forensically linked to him.

"He stated he may have eaten there several times and suffered from nosebleeds after taking lines of cocaine," she added.

Bell was granted bail on a series of conditions imposed to deal with any risk of reoffending.

He must abide by a night-time curfew, wear an electronic tag and report to police every day.

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