A man suspected of having been involved in up to 10 burglaries in counties Armagh and Tyrone has been refused bail.
The application was launched by the 38-year-old’s barrister who believed the delay in the case should be seen as a “change in circumstances”.
John Joseph Connors, of Ganna Way in Warrenpoint, appeared charged with three counts of burglary of a dwelling, three counts of burglary with intent to steal and attempted burglary with intent to steal at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, where he appeared via videolink from Maghaberry.
The particulars outline that all these alleged offences occurred between November 19 and December 3 of last year.
They relate to properties in the areas of Cullyhanna, Co Armagh, and Sixmilecross and Creggan in Co Tyrone.
Defence barrister Bobbie Rea made it known that the case had been listed for the purpose of a bail application.
He stated: “Bail was initially refused, but there has been an change in circumstances as three months have lapsed since. I am aware that he has been interviewed in relation to other matters.”
Prosecution outlined that the defendant was suspected of having been involved in up to 10 burglaries.
District Judge Mark McGarrity stated: “In a case of 10 burglaries, at least three of which are domestic properties, it is hard to convince me that three months is an unacceptable delay.”
A constable stated that there had been two interviews regarding further alleged incidents in Moira, and during this time Connors had changed solicitor which had led to an “unanticipated delay”.
Mr Rea commented that a VIPER identification had taken place which was “pivotal and fundamental” in linking his client to the alleged offences.
The results of this were still outstanding according to the constable.
District Judge McGarrity stated: “Not withstanding the delay, I do not see this as a change of circumstances.”
Bail was refused and the case was adjourned until March 18 for a timetable towards a full file.