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snakes and ladders Man accused of urinating at Covid test centre, damaging trainers and stealing rug refused bail

The accused's voice broke as he appealed for the judge to free him on bail

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Lisburn courthouse

Lisburn courthouse

Lisburn courthouse

A Lisburn man appeared in court today accused of urinating outside a Covid test centre "in broad daylight".

Appearing at the city’s Magistrates Court by videolink from police custody, 30-year-old Kyle McNally pleaded with District Judge Rosie Watters to be freed on bail, his voice cracking as he told her: "I just feel like my life is like snakes and ladders - all I’m asking for is help."

McNally, from Tonagh Drive, was charged with indecent behaviour at Longstone Street, theft of a £20 rug from Seymour Dugan interiors and causing criminal damage to a pair of trainers and a baseball cap at Sports Direct, all alleged to have been committed on October 8 this year.

The court how the alleged offences on Friday afternoon started in Sports Direct at Bow Street Mall when McNally put on a new pair of trainers and left his own in the box before walking out.

Stopped by staff, he offered them £15 for the trainers which were worth £55 and although the trainers were returned, they were not fit for sale.

A police officer claimed he then went to Seymour Dugan Interiors where McNally allegedly stole a rug worth £20 and then walked to the Covid test unit where he “urinated in broad daylight".

With police objecting to McNally being freed due to fears that he would commit further offences, defence solicitor Joseph Magee conceded “it’s a difficult application” for bail but added that with his partner sadly dying from a drug overdose, he is trying to "put his life back together.”

“I’m disappointed because he told me that he was going to sort himself out,” said DJ Watters and despite McNally’s pleas, told the defendant “my job is to protect the public and stop crime happening”, saying she was refusing bail as he is “likely to commit further offences if I release you.”

McNally was remanded into custody and the case adjourned to 25 October.

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