Belfast Telegraph

Woman 'mistook intruder's identity' in burglary, court hears

Alan Lundy appeared before Belfast High Court on Tuesday
Alan Lundy appeared before Belfast High Court on Tuesday

By Alan Erwin

A woman subjected to a break-in where a suspected gun was brandished has allegedly revealed she mistook an intruder's identity, the High Court has heard.

Lawyers for Alan Lundy said the development further weakened claims he was one of two masked men who forced their way into a house on the Ligoniel Road, north Belfast on February 15.

Lundy, 39, of Thornberry Close in the city, denies a charge of aggravated burglary with intent to steal and having a firearm.

His application for bail was adjourned as detectives continue efforts to contact the woman.

According to the prosecution two men came through an unlocked door wearing balacalavas and asking the male and female occupants "where's the gear".

Police told a previous court the alleged demand may have been a reference to drugs.

It was claimed that Lundy was identified after his mask was pulled off.

The woman also said a second, unnamed intruder held her in a headlock and made a gun gesture with his fingers.

Lundy's legal team insisted he has provided a detailed alibi for the night of the suspected burglary.

They argued that he was at a KFC restaurant in Magherafelt before going home and spending time on social media.

But Crown lawyer Garrett O'Kane said police checks on the route suggested Lundy could have been at his address and walked to the scene of the burglary in nine minutes.

During the hearing it emerged that the woman has allegedly told another solicitor she had made a mistaken identity.

Michael Forde, defending, argued that it was a further "inherent weakness" in the Crown case.

Mr O'Kane confirmed attempts were continuing to obtain a statement from the woman.

Adjourning the application, Mrs Justice Keegan said: "I think that issue needs some clarity."

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