Homeless man on burglary charge

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A HOMELESS Wigan man appeared before magistrates yesterday charged with burglary and attempted burglary.

But justices at Wigan Magistrates’ Court declined jurisdiction in the case of Neil Harrison Scott, 44, and instead committed his case straight to Liverpool Crown Court.

The court heard how both charges related to incidents in Lower Ince on Tuesday (June 25).

In the first, a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone, bank cards and cash - with a combined value of £500 - was stolen from an address on Oxburgh Road.

Scott, of no fixed abode, was then arrested following an attempted break-in at an address on nearby Chatsworth Avenue. In that incident, an offender had tried to break into a garden shed.

Prosecutors asked Magistrates to remand Scott in custody prior to a preliminary hearing at Liverpool Crown Court on the morning of July 8.

His defence solicitor, Bill Pearson, said he had “nothing to add” at this stage and the defendant - who spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth - was not required to enter a plea to either charge.

Magistrates told Scott: “This is an indictable only offence and your case will now be sent to the crown court for a preliminary hearing on July 8.

“Until that date, you will be remanded in custody.”