Belfast Telegraph

Householder found burglary accused in kitchen off his face on drugs, court told

By Eamonn MacDermott

A youth and an 18-year-old appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court yesterday charged in connection with an attempted burglary in the city at the weekend.

Jordan Leighton (18) of Drummard Park in Derry and the 16-year-old were charged with a burglary in Carlton Court on January 27.

Leighton faces one charge of attempted burglary while the youth was charged with burglary and seven other charges.

A police officer said both could be connected to the charges.

Defence solicitor for the youth, Paddy MacDermott said he would not be applying for bail as there was no suitable address and the youth was remanded in custody until February 6.

There was a bail application for Leighton and the court was told that at 1pm the householder came into the kitchen and saw Leighton sitting at the table and he was "off his face". The resident then checked the house and found another man in the bedroom, who then ran off.

After Leighton was roused he "stumbled" from the property. The householder was able to identify Leighton.

At interview, Leighton told police he had taken Xanax and could not remember anything.

The police officer told the court that they had information that republican paramilitaries were going to take action against Leighton and that he could be shot. She said that Leighton was "a priority offender" but that lately he had not been offending, adding that it was "concerning for police" that he seemed to be going back on drugs.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said that taken on the surface it looked unlikely that Leighton could have been able to steal anything. He said that Leighton had shown in the past that he was capable of staying out of trouble.

Deputy District judge John Rea said that given Leighton's record and the unavailability of an address outside Derry he was refusing bail.

Leighton was remanded in custody to appear again on February 26.

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