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Compassionate bail for crime spree suspect

A Co Louth man carried out eight different burglaries during an alleged two-day crime spree, Belfast’s High Court has heard.

Edward McDonagh (37), of Townlui Manor, Tullyallen, Drogheda, faces 29 charges in total over incidents last month.

Prosecutors revealed the scale of the alleged offending as he was granted compassionate bail to return home for the funeral of his niece.

Crown counsel Fiona O'Kane said the charges were in connection with events at undisclosed locations on July 30 and 31.

She said they included eight alleged burglaries and theft from property.

Mrs O'Kane said: “The applicant is not a resident of Northern Ireland. Police are concerned that if the applicant is granted compassionate bail he may try to evade the jurisdiction and obstruct the course of justice by not returning.”

Mr Justice McLaughlin ruled that the accused could be released on Friday to attend the funeral ceremony in Drogheda once a £5,000 cash surety was provided.

Belfast Telegraph