Burglary accused remanded in custody

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A man accused of burglary allegedly left his DNA on a beer can at the scene, a court has heard.

Marc Villa, of John Street, is charged with the burglary of a house in Glenview Street between December 24, last year and January 2, this year.

The 20-year-old is further charged with a ‘creeper’ style burglary of a house in Rossnagalliagh and taking a car without consent on August 6.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations that a TV, a playstation games console, games and a laptop were taken during the first burglary.

Cans of beer were also allegedly stolen.

However, the court heard that two cans of a different brand of beer were left behind at the scene.

It is alleged that Villa’s DNA was found following forensic examination of these cans.

During interview, the 20-year-old denied any involvement with the burglary and stated that he doesn’t drink the particular brand of beer which was found at the scene.

The court also heard allegations that a burglary occurred in Rossnagalliagh in the early hours of August 6.

A blue Kia Sportage was allegedly stolen from the drive way and two tablet computers were taken from the house.

Police observed the vehicle being driven dangerous in the area and followed it until it went into the Republic of Ireland.

A short time later it was reported to police the vehicle was in the Abercorn Road filling station.

The court heard allegations the driver, who police believe was Villa, was assaulted by unknown males who then fled in the vehicle.

During police interview in relation to this alleged burglary, Villa claimed he had been picked up by a man called Jamie in the blue car. He then volunteered to drive the car.

He claimed Jamie was paying for fuel when he was assaulted and he then made his way home.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said Villa is a priority offender who is managed by the reducing offenders unit.

It was revealed the 20-year-old has 43 previous convictions and all of them were committed in the last four years.

The officer said Villa’s bail history is ‘very poor’ and he has demonstrated an inability to abide by conditions in the past.

He added that police fear Villa will commit further offences.

Defence solicitor Donna McCauley told the court her client is attempting to address his addiction issues for the first time and is ‘determined to stay off drugs’.

She urged the court to release Villa on bail to allow him to continue counselling.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail stating Villa is a ‘risk to the public’ and he had no faith he would abide by conditions.

The 20-year-old was remanded in custody to appear in court again on October 2.