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Man and teen admit raiding Belfast grandmothers' homes for cash and jewellery

By Alan Erwin

A man and a teenage boy have admitted raiding their respective grandmothers' homes for cash and jewellery, a court heard today.

Stuart Mitchell, 21, and a 16-year-old co-accused, who cannot be identified, also stole television sets during two break-ins at the houses in north Belfast.

Both defendants were due to contest the burglary allegations at the city's Magistrates Court.

But instead they entered guilty pleas after asking to have the charges put to them again.

Mitchell, of Walnut Road in Larne, Co Antrim, and the youth will now be sentenced at later dates.

The two houses in the Glencairn area of Belfast were broken into between November 1-4, 2017.

An undisclosed quantity of cash and jewellery was taken from one of the properties.

Two 50-inch flat screen televisions was stolen from the other residence.

Mitchell's barrister, Michael Boyd, acknowledged the seriousness of the offences.

"He's a young man whose drug problem is behind this offence, which involved the burglary of his grandmother's property," Mr Boyd told the court.

Mitchell was remanded back into custody to appear again for sentencing on June 28.

It was also confirmed that the second victim is the teenage co-accused's grandmother.

His mother and a social worker were among those in court to support him.

He was released on continuing bail pending the preparation of a youth conference report.

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