Burglar ‘produced 150 tablets from body’ after being rushed to hospital
arate raids on homes in Belfast.
Hamilton, of Carmeen Drive in Newtownabbey, burgled a house A BURGLAR arrested after being at Sunningdale Park North in forensically linked to one of August last year, stealing car his break-ins had 150 blue pills keys, a purse and handbag containing hidden inside him, a court heard cash and credit cards. yesterday. A count of aggravated taking
Craig Robert Hamilton produced and causing damage to a vehithe consignment from his cle related to an attempt to drive body when he was transferred to a Volkswagen Polo without the hospital. owner’s consent on the same
Details emerged as the date.
26-year-old received a 10-month A month later a property at suspended jail term for two sep- Fortwilliam Park was broken into, with a Michael Kors purse and the keys to a Hyundai car stolen.
Hamilton was charged with those offences and also possession of Class C drugs, namely diazepam, when he was subsequently arrested.
Belfast Magistrates Court heard crime scene investigators had obtained a fingerprint from the door frame of one of the houses targeted.
Police detained Hamilton but due to concerns took him for medical treatment.
“One hundred and fifty blue tablets were produced from his body,” a prosecutor disclosed.
Defence lawyer Pearse MacDermott said his client had no memory of the incidents due to his consumption of drink and drugs.
Mr MacDermott argued that Hamilton had since managed to turn his life around.
Having deferred sentencing earlier this year, District Judge Fiona Bagnall imposed a total of 10 months of imprisonment, suspended for two years.
She said: “There’s now a chance for a positive life.
“He looks different, so much more healthy with a bit of self-esteem.”
❝ There’s now a chance for a positive life. He looks so much more healthy with a bit of self-esteem