Man with string of burglary convictions is released on bail

A man with 76 previous convictions including 28 for burglary, who is charged with breaking into a dental surgery close to a police station, has been released on bail.

Derek Alan Kirk (43), of the Simon Community at Lodge Road, Coleraine, is accused of burglary at the nearby Boyd & Logue dental surgery between April 2/3 this year.

According to the court charge sheet, items taken included £530 in cash, eight electric toothbrushes, a prescription pad, a sharps box and camera and flash.

Meanwhile, in relation to April 4 this year, the defendant is charged with assaulting a police officer; resisting another police officer and possessing Pregabalin as a Class C drug.

The defendant appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court via video link from Maghaberry Prison.

A police officer objected to bail fearing the defendant could commit further offences.

A prosecution lawyer said the case may go to the Crown Court because of the defendant’s previous record.

A defence lawyer said Kirk had “made full admissions” regarding the dental surgery break-in.

The defendant was given bail in the sum of £500 to an address suitable to police outside Coleraine.

He has a 10pm-7am curfew during which time he will be electronically monitored and he is not to consume drugs and must submit to an impairment test.

He is to have no contact with the dental surgery and is not to be in the vicinity of the premises and he must sign three times a week at a police station.

The case was adjourned to August.

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