Man accused of Menarys burglary refused bail
A MAN accused of breaking into Menarys in Dungannon has had his bail application refused in East Tyrone Magistrates’ Court.
Dolan Patrick Duffy, 25, of Thomas Street Portadown appeared in court by videolink from Maghaberry Prison to hear the application.
A police detective told the court that police were contacted by the key holder of the Menarys store in Dungannon on Sunday 3rd February at 7.35am who had reported that the security alamr at the store had been activated.
Police attended the scene and made their way through the store where they noticed that items had been disturbed and the first floor fire exit door was opened.
As police went out through the door they heard rustling below them and noticed a man in a blue hooded top.
When the man seen police he made of in the direction of the Greers Road. Police gave chase of the man who was carrying a red bag over his shoulder.
Police immediately identified the man and arrested him on suspicion of burglary. They found on his person jewellery belonging to Menarys.
There was damage in the store and items missing to a total of £912.38 and £45 in notes were missing from tills in the store.
When interviewed the defendant told police he had found the bag and jewellery and denied ever being in the Menarys store.
Police later found CCTV evidence from an establishment in Irish Street that saw a man matching Duffy’s description climbing over a gate behind the premises at 6.44am, shortly before the Menarys break in.
The man had tried to disable the CCTV equipment on the building.
Police said they were objecting to bail because the address provided to them in Portadown had recently admitted a vulnerable 25 year old lady who they believed was in a relationship with Duffy.
The detective also told the court that a couple of days prior to this incident Mr Duffy’s room had been searched and Class A and B drugs uncovered.
Denying bail District Judge John Meehan told the court that there was a strong prosecution case, a risk of reoffending and no appropriate address for the defendant.
The case was adjourned until April 3rd.
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