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The home of an alleged burglar has been sealed off as a potential crime scene after a woman died of a suspected drug overdose, a court heard yesterday

The home of an alleged burglar has been sealed off as a potential crime scene after a woman died of a suspected drug overdose, a court heard yesterday

The home of an alleged burglar has been sealed off as a potential crime scene after a woman died of a suspected drug overdose, a court heard yesterday

The home of an alleged burglar has been sealed off as a potential crime scene after a woman died of a suspected drug overdose, a court heard yesterday.

Lisburn Magistrates Court heard that police ordered 28-year-old Nathan McCutcheon to leave his flat in Graham Gardens on Sunday morning after the body of the 37-year-old woman was discovered.

Giving evidence, a PSNI constable said a drug overdose was the suspected cause of death but a post-mortem examination is being carried out and the "investigation is ongoing".

McCutcheon appeared via video-link and the court heard he was arrested on the Ormeau Road in south Belfast on Sunday evening when he was found "lying on the ground".

At the time of the arrest McCutcheon was in breach of a curfew condition of his bail.

He said police were objecting to bail as they had concerns about McCutcheon committing offences as he is a "heroin addict who offends to fund that".

Defence counsel Peter Coiley revealed McCutcheon had only been granted bail last Wednesday, having spent eight months on remand and submitted that, despite the breach, he had not committed any other offences.

He conceded that with his home still sealed off McCutcheon cannot go back there "through no fault of his own... we would need to investigate a different [bail] address" until his becomes available again.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he could understand why his home has been sealed off to be examined as "there's been a fatality and there is an ongoing investigation", adding that he would grant bail but only to an address approved by police.

McCutcheon must either provide a new bail address or wait until investigators are finished examining his flat, said the judge.

The case was adjourned to June 8.

Belfast Telegraph