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Newry thefts accused 'wanted to buy mephedrone'

By Finn Mac Cool, Apr 7, 2010 | |
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    A man accused of stealing from a school and a bakery in Newry claimed to be in the city to buy the drug mephedrone, the High Court has been told.

    Declan McNally, 25, from Churchill House, Belfast, is charged with two counts of burglary.

    A handbag containing £70 was allegedly stolen during the first incident at a bakery on Monaghan Street on 22 May.

    On 30 May, Mr McNally was stopped as he climbed over the gates of a school from which a purse had been stolen.

    CCTV footage captured a young man taking the belongings from the bakery, Crown Counsel Nicola Auret told a bail application.

    She said just over a week later Mr McNally was found near an office at Our Lady's Grammar School on Chequer Hill.

    Ms Auret said when confronted he claimed to be looking for a job and was directed to reception.

    She said he was found climbing the gates after it was discovered that a member of staff's purse was missing.

    The court was told he later made admissions during police interviews and said he had come to Newry to buy mephedrone.

    Barry Gibson, defending, said his client had a sad background involving the death of his mother and father within a year of each other.

    "He has no family at all. He came from Ballymena originally," Mr Gibson told the court.

    "He said he was looking for money either to buy this drug or to get the bus back to Belfast again."

    Bail was refused due to the risk of further offences being committed.

    Wednesday, 7 April 2010

    BBC news N Ireland

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