Boy, 13, remanded on burglary charges

Published Saturday, 08 March 2014
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A 13-year-old boy accused of committing two burglaries in Belfast got a hug and kiss from his mother in court before he was remanded into custody on Saturday.

Boy, 13, remanded on burglary charges
The teenager was remanded into custody on Saturday. (© UTV)

The teenager, who cannot be identified because of his age, was in Belfast Magistrates' Court accused of committing two burglaries this week, allegedly breaking into a house on My Lady's Road in the east of the city last Tuesday and stealing jewellery, 1100 dollars in cash and a lady's purse.

He was further charged with breaking into another property on Gibson Street in west Belfast on Thursday where he allegedly stole £300 in cash.

A police officer told the court he believed he could connect the defendant to the charges.

His solicitor said he was applying for bail given the defendant's age but District Judge Bernadette Kelly said given the allegation the new offences were committed whilst on bail for other offences, "I would not be viewing a bail application favourably".

With the boy standing beside prison officer and a uniformed officer at the back of the court, just a few feet from his mother, the judge said: "He has got to the stage where despite his age and despite the presumption of bail, I would not be viewing a bail application favourably."

As he was lead away to custody his mother, standing in the public gallery beside the dock, asked prison officers if she could give her son "a kiss and a hug", briefly embracing him as he was taken away.

The Belfast schoolboy faces five other cases for various offences including assaulting police, possessing drugs, burglary and causing criminal damage.

Earlier this week the police appealed for information about the burglary at My Lady's Road, reporting that at approximately 12.20pm on Tuesday 4 March, a house in the area had been entered by an unknown male.

The male, who pretended to be a workman, left the property after speaking to the occupant's daughter but after he had gone, it was discovered that a sum of cash, cameras and a number of items of jewellery and a silver boy's bicycle were missing.

© UTV News
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3 Comments
logo in crumlin wrote (236 days ago):
it's not time inside he needs its help from social services and counseling he needs he's only a minor. inside he will just meet similar people and learn more tricks of the trade. our justice system is a complete shameless
lucylou in belfast wrote (237 days ago):
Committing new offences whilst on bail for other offences suggests this toe rag is out of control. Mind you when mummy responds with hugs and kisses it looks like he never stood much of a chance. There is a lot of truth in the saying 'give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man'. This kid was probably never taught the meaning of the word no. Unfortunately there are lots like him ,and you hear the dozy parents of these feral kids with the usual' I can do nothing with him/her!' ===Only because they have never bothered trying. They hold them up when they're born with a look that says 'LOOK WHAT I MADE!! as though they are the first to pro-create and then it's all downhill from there.
jus sayin in north belfast wrote (237 days ago):
the mother should have bin jailed to...
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