Man is charged with break-ins at premises of charity which provides support for adults with learning disabilities

A man has appeared in court charged with breaking into the premises of a charity which provides support and training for adults with learning disabilities.

Liam Francis Mullan (32), of Gortamaddy Drive, Ballycastle, is accused of targeting the Greenlight Gateway facility at the town’s Leyland Road on two dates in April this year.

He is charged with stealing electrical items, cash and keys on April 17 and tools on April 19.

Also on April 19 he is charged with burglary with intent to steal at the Housing Executive’s office at Coleraine Road, Ballycastle.

A detective constable told Coleraine Magistrates Court, on Monday, she believed she could connect the accused to the charges.

She said it was believed a fence had been scaled and windows broken to gain entry on both occasions at Greenlight Gateway.

Items taken included a TV, which was recovered, and two laptops, cash and keys.

The officer said blood found at the scene matched Mullan’s and he was arrested on June 1.

The detective said gloves were left at the scene at the Gateway premises when tools were stolen.

The officer said tools including a sander were recovered at a shed at Mullan’s home.

The policewoman said a hammer was used to break a window at the Housing Executive and CCTV showed a suspect wearing a medical splint on a hand similar to what the defendant had been wearing at that period.

The court heard that during a police interview, the accused, who had 29 previous convictions, denied the burglaries saying he was “not a burglar”.

The defendant was released on £500 bail and a surety of £700 to an address to be approved by police.

He has an 11pm-8am curfew when he will be electronically tagged.

The case was adjourned to July.

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