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Feb 16th, 2017

Golf club raider wore pink dressing gown

It is alleged at Belfast Crown Court

An alleged burglar carried out a morning raid on a Belfast golf club while wearing a pink dressing gown, the High Court heard on Thursday.

Prosecutors said one of two men accused of stealing cash from Ormeau Golf Club was identified on CCTV footage with the robe on him.

Gerard Magee faces a count of burglary with intent to steal over the break–in.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, said an Ormeau Golf Club representative reported £70 had been taken from a cash float in the bar on February 5.

Money was also stolen from a charity box, and two lockers in the male changing room had been forced open.

Police examined CCTV footage and saw two men breaking into the premises at around 8.30am.

Officers were said to have recognised Magee from the images.

On February 10 police returned to the golf club to be shown items of clothing.

Mr Maguire added: "On further viewing of the CCTV footage a co–accused is clearly seen wearing a pink dressing gown while committing the burglary."

Magee was arrested and charged with the raid.

Defence counsel Conn O'Neill argued that there were question marks over the validity of recognition evidence in the case.

But denying bail, Mr Justice Colton cited the risk of re–offending.

The case continues.


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TAGS: Golf In Northern Ireland, News, 2017, Golf Course, Golf Club