Trial halted after Belfast burglar admits raids
The trial of a 31-year old burglar facing over 80 charges was halted yesterday after he pleaded guilty to a number of break-ins.
Samuel Crawford, of Glasgow Street, Belfast, admitted 15 offences committed over a year, including eight burglaries, four car thefts, two thefts and one of going equipped for theft.
He was due to go on trial at the city's Crown Court when defence QC Charles MacCreanor asked for his client to be re-arraigned on a number of charges.
Following his guilty pleas, prosecutor Philip Henry told Judge Geoffrey Miller QC that he would not be proceeding with a number of other charges and would ask for them to be left on the books while others would be taken into account.
Adjourning sentencing until next month, Judge Miller directed that the Crown opening, together with pre-sentence and other reports, be handed into court, along with any relevant papers the defence or prosecution wished to put forward.