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Man accused of series of burglaries is bailed to address in Portstewart

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BT Coleraine

A MAN charged in relation to a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries has been given bail to live at Cranfield Court in Portstewart along with his brother who is a co-accused in the case.

David Leighton (28), with an address listed as Atlantic Road in Coleraine, faces nine charges in relation to July this year.

The charges include going equipped for burglary with a Stanley Knife, screwdriver and a pair of garden secateurs.

He is also charged with three burglaries when items allegedly taken included a lawnmower, gardening equipment and a ‘bag of nails’; three attempted burglaries as well as causing damage to door handles.

He is also accused of possessing Diazepam.

Defence solicitor Derwin Harvey said the alleged offending was “drug-related” as the defendant, it is alleged, had Diazepam when arrested.

The lawyer said the defendant had allegedly been “breaking into sheds adjacent to his home address”.

Mr Harvey said if the drug issue was addressed alleged offending would stop.

The court heard the defendant had spent a substantial time in custody on remand.

A police officer said he was “concerned” about David Leighton returning to the Coleraine triangle area.

District Judge Peter King released the defendant on bail to live in Portstewart with a 10pm-7am curfew where he would be electronically tagged.

The judge said the disadvantages of releasing the defendant to that address were “trumped” by the amount of time the defendant had spent on remand.
The case was adjourned to November 16.

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