Bur­glar ‘pro­duced 150 tablets from body’ af­ter be­ing rushed to hospi­tal

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY ALAN ER­WIN

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

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