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Teenager 'robbed Tate's Avenue shop twice', court hears

By Alan Erwin

A youth allegedly robbed the same shop twice on consecutive nights, the High Court has heard.

The 16-year-old was part of a gang of three who targeted the south Belfast convenience store for cash and cigarettes, prosecutors claimed.

In one raid a knife was said to have been repeatedly thrust towards a member of staff's face.

The accused, who cannot be named, is charged with two counts of robbery on February 16 and 17 this year. A judge was told more than £200 in cash and £380 worth of tobacco was stolen from the shop on Tate's Avenue.

According to the prosecution, CCTV shows the teenager taking part in both raids. Hours after the second incident he was arrested by police in a nearby area.

"Part of the loot from the shop robbery was found on him," prosecuting counsel said.

Despite having allegedly breached previous bail conditions, the judge decided to release the accused again.

Warning him that he will remain in custody for any further non-compliance, Mr Justice Treacy told him: "I'm giving you one more chance."

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