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Judge adjourns chemist shop burglary accused's bail bid

By Alan Erwin

A heroin addict accused of burgling a chemist in search of drugs is currently not safe to be released, a High Court judge has ruled.

Mr Justice O'Hara said Aidan McCabe's behaviour had deteriorated so much that he must remain in custody at this stage.

The 29-year-old's application for bail was adjourned until any future plan can be devised.

McCabe, of Knocknagoney Heights in Newry, Co Down, is charged with assaulting a doctor at an addiction clinic in the city, burglary with intent to steal, possession of class C drugs and resisting arrest.

All of the alleged offences occurred on May 22.

Prosecuting counsel claimed he became verbally aggressive and put his face against the doctor's face threateningly after his medication was refused.

McCabe then allegedly entered a pharmacy at John Mitchel Place, went behind the counter and stole a quantity of diazepam. Police later detained him during a struggle and recovered three boxes containing 90 tablets, the court heard.

"He claimed his head was not in the right place and that he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms," the prosecuting barrister said.

"He said he is a self-confirmed heroin addict."

Acknowledging his client's serious drug problem, a defence lawyer revealed McCabe's mother currently has power of attorney over his affairs.

After being given details of the case, Mr Justice O'Hara decided to adjourn the hearing generally.

The judge said: "If his behaviour has deteriorated to such an extent, it's not safe for him, or the people of Newry, to be out and about."

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