Man accused of series of breakins at Portglenone Monastery is refused bail

The monastery in Portglenone

A man with 190 previous convictions who is accused of a series of middle-of-the-night break-ins at Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey monastery in Portglenone has been refused bail.

Gareth Steven Patrick Hyndman (43), whose address was given as Coleraine Street in Kilrea, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The defendant is accused of stealing £600 during a burglary at the monastery on January 25 this year; on January 30 he allegedly stole £5 in cash and a key during a break-in and he is further charged with burglary of the monastery with intent to steal on February 15.

The defendant is also accused of the attempted burglary of the monastery with intent to steal on March 24.

Hyndman appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court via video link from Maghaberry Prison where he has been on remand for several months.

The court heard the defendant had 190 previous convictions including 43 for burglary and 31 for theft.

District Judge Nigel Broderick noted the bail application was being made on the grounds of the length of time the case was taking but he refused bail saying there was a high risk of re-offending.

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