Antrim man accused of stealing alcohol from restaurant is remanded in custody for breaching bail

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An Antrim man who breached his bail after being detected with alcohol on his breath has been remanded in custody.

Gerard Gillan (19), of Valiant Court, was on bail after being charged with the burglary of the Baan Thai restaurant at Church Street in the town where he allegedly took £40 worth of alcohol on September 5 this year.

He had been released on £500 bail on October 2 with conditions which included not consuming intoxicating liquor at any time or at any place.

The defendant appeared before Coleraine Magistrates Court on November 12 and the breach of bail was accepted.

A police officer objected to the defendant being released on bail.

The officer said there had been an incident on Friday in which the defendant was taken to hospital by ambulance and a breath test carried out by police registered a fail.

The officer said the defendant had been released on bail at Coleraine Court the previous Monday in relation to three breaches of bail in October.

A defence lawyer said his client had “significant learning difficulties”.

The lawyer said Gillan thought he might have been allowed to drink in the house under the bail terms but “he isn’t allowed to drink – full stop”.

District Judge Liam McNally said the defendant had appeared before him the previous week when police objected to continuing bail.

The judge said on November 5 he had decided to give Gillan another chance but he had not taken the chance and now there was no alternative but to revoke bail.

The defendant was remanded in custody to appear at Antrim Magistrates Court on November 13.

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