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Man accused of stealing tortoise and phone

A man has appeared before separate courts accused of stealing a tortoise and a homeless man's mobile phone.

The reptile David Weir allegedly took from its owner a year ago is still missing, a judge was told.

Weir (30), of Berlin Street, Belfast, faces charges of theft over the offences.

In a High Court bail application prosecutors claimed he targeted a homeless man eating a takeaway meal in an alleyway on August 2 and stole his phone.

Defence counsel Michael Ward disclosed that Weir had also appeared by video-link before Belfast Magistrates Court charged with the theft of a tortoise valued at £250 last August.

Bail was refused due to the lack of a suitable address.

Belfast Telegraph