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Suspected burglar asked police to take him to prison so he could 'get a smoke and put his feet up'

By Alan Erwin ·

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Belfast High Court.

A suspected burglar allegedly told police to take him to prison so he could "get a smoke and put his feet up", the High Court heard today.

Prosecutors claimed Jamie Geddis made the remarks after being arrested over break-ins at a restaurant and house in Lurgan, Co Armagh.

The 28-year-old, of Victoria Place in the town, is charged with three counts of burglary, along with disorderly behaviour at Craigavon Area Hospital.

The alleged offences were committed between June 4-7 this year.

He is accused of raiding premises on Church Place twice in consecutive days, stealing cash, a mobile phone and food.

A Crown lawyer said a silver medal from a culinary show with sentimental value to the restaurateur was also taken.

A neighbouring home was also burgled, with a wallet, money, bank card and clothing stolen.

Geddis is allegedly linked by CCTV footage, according to the prosecution.

It was further claimed that he drunkenly shouted profanities and racially abused a member of staff after being brought to hospital.

Referring to the alleged remarks made by the accused during police interviews, the prosecutor told the court: "He said 'send me to Maghaberry so I can get a smoke and put my feet up'."

Geddis's application for bail was then adjourned due to issues over a suitable address.

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Belfast High Court.