Man gets bail ‘due to incompetence’
A man allegedly linked to a spate of domestic burglaries has been granted bail after a senior judge criticised prosecution service “incompetence” in the case.
Lord Justice Coghlin ruled Raymond Moore could be released under strict conditions despite a potential risk to the public.
He pointed to time accused has spent in custody since being arrested in connection with break-ins to Belfast homes in January. Moore (26), of no fixed address, faces charges of burglary and attempted burglary with intent.
The High Court heard he was arrested after a police helicopter followed a taxi carrying two men suspected of trying to break into a house on Newtownbreda Road.
At one stage socks containing cash and jewellery were seen being dumped, it was claimed.
Defence barrister Alan Blackburn argued that his client has been held in custody too long.
Lord Justice Coghlin acknowledged the perceived risk of further offences associated with releasing Moore.
But he said: “It appears as a result of the incompetence of the PPS (Public Prosecution Service) that this man has now been in custody some five months.
“While there is obviously a risk to the public that cannot really be permitted to occur. Consequently I propose to grant this man bail.”