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Car crashed into house after high speed police chase, court told

Belfast High Court.
Belfast High Court.

By Alan Erwin

A stolen car crashed into a house after evading police at speed, the High Court heard.

Prosecutors said the Ford Fiesta went though a set of railings and caused structural damage to the property in west Belfast last month.

Kieron Brady, 19, of Cullingtree Road in the city, is accused of being behind the wheel at the time.

He faces charges of burglary with intent to steal, aggravated vehicle taking causing damage and driven dangerously, driving when unfit through drink or drugs, failing to stop for police, having no licence, and possessing diazepam.

The car was stolen during a break-in at a house on Belfast's Circular Road in the early hours of May 24.

At around 8.30am on that day it was spotted on the M1, heading towards the city.

A Crown lawyer claimed the Fiesta, with two males on board, failed to stop for police as it weaved through motorway traffic at speed.

It then turned off onto the Donegall Road before crashing into a set of railings surrounding a house at Clonavogie Gardens.

"Significant damage was caused to both the car and the property," the prosecutor said.

"The damage went through into the interior walls of the property."

Brady was detained by police as he got out of the driver's side of the car, the court heard.

During interview he accepted being in the vehicle but denied any involvement in the earlier burglary.

However, the prosecution claimed he is linked by a fingerprint found on items recovered near the scene of the break-in.

Seeking bail for Brady, defence barrister John O'Connor outlined his client's mental health problems.

He told the court the accused has been on medication for post-traumatic stress disorder since he was the victim of a suspected paramilitary-style attack three years ago.

Adjourning the general application, Lord Justice Treacy ruled that Brady can be released on compassionate bail for medical appointments next month.

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