Man in court charged with robbing Byker’s retirement home twice in six months

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A man has appeared in court charged with robbing a Newcastle care home twice in six months.

Michael Riley is said to have first entered Byker Hall Care Home, on Allendale Road, Byker, in December last year and is accused of stealing a stereo, DVD player, TV and machine coffee. The value of the goods which were suspected of having been taken on this occasion was unknown.

The 50-year-old is then accused of targeting the same nursing home six months later in June last year, this time armed with a rounder’s bat. He allegedly stole a sewing machine and a fan.

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Riley, of Morton Road, Byker, appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday to face one count of aggravated burglary, burglary, possession of an offensive weapon and theft. He wore a T-shirt and shorts and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

Due to the nature of the charges, no pleas were taken. James Long, prosecuting, said the aggravated burglary was just a criminal offense and could only be heard in Crown Court. He added: ‘All cases are linked so I urge you to send all cases to the Crown Court. Judith Curry, defending, agreed.

Releasing Riley on full bail to then appear in Newcastle Crown Court on July 20, Assistant District Judge Nigel Hayles said: “The case you are facing, one of the charges can only be heard in Crown Court, where you must make your first appearance on July 20 at 10 a.m.

“You will now be granted bail, which means that if you do not show up, you are committing an offense for which you can be fined or taken into custody. At your trial on July 20, you will be summoned by the crown court to enter your pleas, any trial will be set for a later date. So to stay on top, it’s important that you keep in touch with your lawyers.

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