Burglary accused refused bail

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A ‘recidivist offender’ accused of a creeper style burglary has been refused bail.

Ryan Leigh McLaughlin, of Broomy Lane, is charged with burglary and theft and aggravated vehicle taking causing damage on July 25.

He is also charged with driving whilst disqualified, driving whilst unfit and other motoring offences.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegation the 26-year-old broke into a house in The Manse while the injured party and her eight-year-old daughter were in the property.

A Nissan car was stolen during the alleged incident and this was later involved in a collision with two police vehicles on the Glenshane Road.

It is alleged McLaughlin was found in a hedge close to the stolen car and his phone was inside it.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said the proposed bail address is ‘completely unsuitable’ because it is too close to the alleged injured party.

He added that McLaughlin is likely to commit further offences.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said there has been ‘excessive delay’ in the case because of an outstanding forensic report.

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said McLaughlin is a ‘recidivist offender’ who is likely to re-offend.

The judge urged those responsible for the forensic report to ‘get a move on’.

McLaughlin was remanded in custody until January 8.