Belfast Telegraph

No bail for addict in theft case

By Alan Erwin

A recovering heroin addict accused of stealing a jar of pub tips and trying to seize a charity box must remain in custody, a judge has ruled.

Vincent Dunn was refused bail amid allegations he went thieving at businesses in Belfast city centre.

The 30-year-old, of Badgers Lane in Lisburn, is charged with the attempted theft of a £50 charity collection from Centra at Donegall Square West on August 20.

He faces a further count of stealing a tips jar, again containing around £50, from the Crown Bar a day later.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard police were strongly opposing bail. An officer claimed there was a high risk of re-offending.

Defence solicitor Pearse MacDermott described Dunn as a self-confessed heroin addict.

But he argued that his client has kept off the drugs since the time of the alleged offences.

He said: "He and his girlfriend have both managed to get each other off heroin and managed to keep each other clean."

However, Deputy District Judge Anne Marshall held there were risks of further offending or failure to attend court.

She remanded Dunn in custody to appear again on October 26.

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