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Suspect found hiding in wardrobe

A suspected teenage burglar who went missing for a week was found hiding in his mother's wardrobe, the High Court has heard. The 16-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, was not seen when bail checks were made at the house in Lisburn, prosecutors said.

During an application for renewed bail it was claimed his mother was unaware of his whereabouts and appeared disinterested. The court heard how police then searched the property on October 17 after being told she had not seen him for days.

Fiona O'Kane, prosecuting, said: "The applicant was found hiding in the wardrobe of his mother's bedroom. She is described as obstructive and hostile to police."

The teenager faces charges in connection with a raid on a filling station in February. His 18-year-old brother, a co-accused, has already been remanded in custody for breaching his bail by breaking his electronic tag.

The application was adjourned to allow a defence barrister a chance to gain more details from his client's mother.

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